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.