Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

US to open embassy in Jerusalem

Road sign to the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat poses with a new road sign to the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
| 08 May, 2018, 02:06

The announcement comes one week before the United States embassy opens in Jerusalem on May 14 in accordance with President Donald Trump's December 6 recognition of the city as Israel's capital. The leaders of the OIC member states condemned Trump's decision.

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will lead the delegation that will include Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman.

The entire Jerusalem al-Quds is now under Israel's control, while the regime also claims the city's eastern part, which hosts the third holiest Muslim site.

Ignoring all protests opposing recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, US President Donald Trump's administration has been moving towards relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to the city. The new embassy has been build at a very short notice - spread over several months and costs far less than the over Dollars 1 billion as was initially proposed, according to previous statements of Trump.

Paraguay's embassy is now located near Tel Aviv.

According to a picture sent by Barkat's office, the white signs read "U.S. Embassy" in English, Hebrew and Arabic.


At the consulate site, mechanical diggers cleared scrubland as workers posted embassy signs along city roads and hung U.S., Israeli and Jerusalem flags from street lights.

The move prompted global condemnation and triggered a wave of protests in the occupied Palestinian territories. A restaurateur, she lives in the overwhelmingly Jewish neighborhood of Arnona. Israel has made repeated offers of a two-state solution, once even offering to internationalize Jerusalem, but the Palestinians rejected them.

Trump said last month that he "may go" to the ceremony celebrating the opening of the American embassy, and bragged about saving money by rejecting an initial proposal to devote $1 billion for the construction of a new embassy, and replacing it with a significantly more moderate plan costing close to $400,000 instead.

A new road sign indicating the way to the new United States embassy in Jerusalem is set up on May 7, 2018.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has said his country's embassy will move to Jerusalem on May 16.

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