USA embassy in Israel to be moved to Jerusalem

May 14, 2018, 05:02
USA embassy in Israel to be moved to Jerusalem

Tension has grown across the Palestinian territories since December 6, when U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The couple - both senior White House advisers - will attend the ceremony. "Congratulations to all!" Trump tweeted on Friday. Trump has said the opening is meant to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment.

Israel regards Jerusalem as its "eternal and undivided" capital, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war - as the capital of a future state.

The president's decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem-while recognizing the latter as the capital of Israel-received widespread criticism around the world, particularly from Palestinians who burned photographs of him. But just a month later Trump told Netanyahu he had taken Jerusalem "off the table" and that "we don't have to talk about it anymore".

Numerous other dignitaries have also traveled to the Israeli capital for the embassy opening. The resolution also stated that European Union countries would not move their embassies to Jerusalem.

President Trump is expected to address attendees at Monday's event via video link.

Mr Kushner is set to meet Israel's prime minister on Sunday afternoon, according to the local press.

For that reason, every U.S. president since Israel's founding in 1948 has located the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

In an announcement on Facebook, the team praised the United States president.

Why is the move so controversial?

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Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"The chairmen of the club, the owner Eli Tabib and the executive manager Eli Ohana have chose to add to the club's title the name of the American President who made history, and from now on will be called Beitar Trump Jerusalem".

Like Friedman, he has argued that it helps make peace possible by taking Jerusalem "off the table", but many have pointed out that he has not announced any concessions in return from Israel.

On Sunday, scuffles broke out between Israelis and Muslim security officers in the holy compound in east Jerusalem's Old City. These are considered illegal under worldwide law, although Israel disputes this.

Israel immediately annexed east Jerusalem - home to the city's most sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites - in a move that has not received worldwide recognition. Shortly after, the government approved construction of a $57 million cable auto system that will link west Jerusalem to the Old City.

The timing of the embassy move has led to concerns about increased tension in Gaza.

Since March 30, 42 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the weekly protests held primarily to highlight the decade-long blockade of Gaza.

Haniya is expected to return to Gaza later on Sunday.

Israel says it is protecting a sovereign border and accuses Hamas of using the unrest to plan and carry out attacks.

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