US Opens Jerusalem Embassy Monday

The United States will officially be relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem later on Monday in a move sharply opposed by Palestinians and a large section of the international community.

The interim embassy will operate inside the existing US consulate building in Jerusalem, while a search begins for a larger site.

Neither President Donald Trump nor secretary of state Mike Pompeo will be attending the ceremony.

But in a move interpreted by some commentators as designed to defuse tensions, Mr. Trump has sent Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner (his favourite child and his son-in-law) to perform the opening ceremony in Jerusalem.

Both Ivanka and her husband, Mr. Kushner, are seen as highly influential members of the Trump White House.

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UN Rejects Trump’s Declaration Of Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

The United Nations General Assembly has voted to reject US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The resolution was voted in favor by 128 member states, while 35 abstained and nine voted against it.

According to the resolution, the status of Jerusalem can only be resolved through negotiations between Israel and Palestine in line with relevant UN resolutions.

The resolution “affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council, and in this regard calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to Security Council resolution 478 (1980).”

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Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

United States President, Donald Trump, has on Wednesday, formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Trump in remarks at the White House, said: “It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

Trump also announced plans to build a new American embassy in Jerusalem. The current U.S. embassy is located in Tel Aviv.

Trump acknowledged that his decision was driven by a political campaign pledge, saying that “while previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

The president further added that his decision “is not intended in any way” to hamper a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. He also said the United States would “support a two state solution if agreed to by both sides.”

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