President Trump Won't Attend US Embassy Opening in Jerusalem

Glen Norman
May 8, 2018

U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem Monday ahead of next week's opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

The embassy move comes after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital past year. Israel has made repeated offers of a two-state solution, once even offering to internationalize Jerusalem, but the Palestinians rejected them.

Earlier this week, Amnesty International UK also condemned the launch of the race right next to East Jerusalem al-Quds where Palestinians regularly face house demolitions, illegal settlement building and restrictions of movement. No country now has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv.

The president, who has charged Kushner with brokering a peace deal, said he has "taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table". "I thank President Trump or making this historic moment come to fruition", he said in a statement released by his office.

The Palestinian authorities have called on the diplomatic corps, worldwide non-governmental organizations and religious authorities to boycott the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been making inroads with the European Union and Russian Federation.

Since the creation of the Jewish state it has not recognised Jerusalem as its capital and considers that the final status of the city must be negotiated with the Palestinians.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it. However, other countries have condemned the move as it ignited tensions with Palestinians who also claim the ancient city as its capital.

Following the announcement Trump signed a further embassy waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

Barkat's tweet comes as the new embassy is set to open in May to mark Israel's 70th anniversary.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article