Israeli authorities begin putting up road signs for USA embassy in Jerusalem

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

The White House has announced an official delegation to the US embassy opening, to be led by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and attended by White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who serve as advisers to the president, will also attend.

"It is reality. I am proud and moved to have hung this morning the first new signs that were prepared for the US Embassy", Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat wrote on Twitter.

"We're still waiting to see if the United States president will come here for the opening move".

According to unconfirmed reports, Trump's peace plan calls for across-the-board Arab recognition of Israel - and of Jerusalem as Israel's capital - and the annexation by the Jewish state of large West Bank settlement blocs. "It's like the U.S. is insisting on making the Palestinians remember this day as a very sad day in their history and in their struggle against the Israeli occupation", he said. Israel has expressed hopes that other countries will follow suit, though the move was widely condemned in the global community.

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However, the decision to kick off the event in Jerusalem was met with widespread condemnation from Palestinian officials and activists who accused organisers of "whitewashing Israel's ongoing crimes".

He believes, Jerusalem is the undivided and eternal capital of Israel.

President Donald Trump has so far proved an important point.

Opening the USA embassy in Jerusalem will have a price too and it is one worth paying. The city is claimed by Muslims, Christians and Jews to be historically important for them. "Jerusalem is our capital", she said. The Palestinians, however, see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Other U.S. presidents have promised the embassy move but never acted on it because of its politically charged symbolism.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that the move would have a "disastrous impact on the peace process, on the two-state solution and on the stability and security of the entire region".

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