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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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