First signs go up for U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu

The official opening ceremony of the American Embassy in Jerusalem is scheduled for may 14.

In December, US President Donald Trump had announced his decision of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and asked Department of State to initiate the process to relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Instead, the U.S. delegation to the May 14 event will include U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as well as Pres. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and daughter Ivanka Trump, who work as advisers to the president in the White House. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish People and now, the world will begin to recognize this.

To the Palestinians it is indicative of what they say is the White House's pro-Israel bias.

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

The move prompted worldwide condemnation and triggered a wave of protests in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Paraguay's embassy is now located near Tel Aviv.

Alberto Moreno claims Mohamed Salah is a very different player in training
Just for fun, here's how Liverpool would fare in the league table if only goals scored or assisted by Salah counted for them. You know you've hit the big-time when you've got your own doppelganger and Mo Salah now has his own back home in Egypt .

Still, local residents are excited about the new move.

Arab foreign ministers of Arab League member states had also called for worldwide recognition of Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Barkat placed the first signs on Monday in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood where the embassy is to be located. "Jerusalem is our capital", she said.

If Trump attended the ceremony, it might have amplified protests that are expected to break out around the opening.

The White House has revealed the members of the USA delegation to the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem next week.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in April "at least half a dozen" countries were now "seriously discussing" following the USA lead, though he did not identify them.

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