Trump announces delegation to Israel for opening of USA embassy in Jerusalem

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US sends invitations to opening of embassy in Jerusalem

08 May, 2018

Trump announced he would be moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last December in a move that broke with the West and decades of U.S. policy that the status of Jerusalem should be resolved in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The White House released a statement on Monday about the delegation it will send to next week's ceremony in honor of the U.S. Embassy's relocation to Jerusalem.

The new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is to be opened on May 14 with a huge American delegation expected to attend, perhaps including President Donald Trump.

However, Hadashot news reported Monday that the country's incoming president, Mario Abdo Benítez - a member of Cartes's conservative Colorado party - will join the incumbent for the opening of the Jerusalem embassy. "It's like the USA 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. However, other countries have condemned the move as it ignited tensions with Palestinians who also claim the ancient city as its capital.

No country now has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv.

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"By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the seat of its government, we're recognizing reality", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a visit to Israel last week.

Guatemala has already relocated its embassy to Jerusalem and will officially open the facility on May 16, in a ceremony that may be attended by President Jimmy Morales.

The city has been designated as "occupied" under global law since the 1967 Arab War, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.

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". They were promised East Jerusalem as their capital by global community during the United States sponsored peace talks through last several decades.

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