May 27, 2018

Trump won't attend US Embassy opening in Jerusalem

08 May 2018, 01:32 | Simon Arnold

ReutersPolice have started patrols and security sweeps ahead of a potentially volatile week


Accordingly, at the initiatives of President Trump, the United States embassy in Israel has been moved to the Trump Town in Jerusalem. "By taking Jerusalem off the table, I wanted to make it clear that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and as for specific boundaries, I would support what both sides agreed to", Trump told an Israeli newspaper.

President Donald Trump will apparently not travel to Israel for the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Yerushalayim, according to a White House statement released on Monday. "The relationship has never been better", Trump said of Israel.

ReutersUS flags were installed alongside Israeli ones ahead of the move on 14 May

The move arguably fuelled one of the largest Palestinian protests in years, now underway at the border of Gaza, where dozens of people were killed and thousands injured by Israeli forces over the past weeks.

The Minister of defence also said in Saturday's broadcast that attempts to disrupt the Grand opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem in mid-may, but does not expect that such attempts will succeed.

Last December, Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sparking widespread condemnation across the Arab and Muslim world.

Jerusalem's status has been a critical obstacle in peace negotiations, and global consensus is that sovereignty over the city should be agreed between the two sides.

Israel claims the entire city as its eternal capital. Half of Jerusalem was occupied and annexed by Israel following the 1967 War. The Palestinians, on the other hand, see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state and oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty.

Paraguay will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of May, a Paraguay government spokesman and the Israeli foreign ministry said on Monday.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has recently reiterated the US decisiveness saying: "We will soon move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, years ahead of schedule". On February 23, the State Department announced the new embassy will open in May.

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