First Signs Posted to US Embassy in Jerusalem

Hugh Fox
May 8, 2018

Trump's unilateral decision delighted the Israelis and enraged the Palestinians, who want to make the eastern, mainly Palestinian, part of the city the capital of their future state and who say Trump's decision ignores their demands.

The current American plan is to announce the existing consular building in southern Jerusalem as the embassy's location, and move only a small number of offices from the embassy in Tel Aviv to that building as an initial step.

"This is not a dream".

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was seen installing the first directional sign to assist persons looking for the new US Embassy, which is locating to Jerusalem. The annual holiday celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem with Israeli victory in the Six Day War.

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The last round of peace talks on a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip collapsed in 2014.

The Minister of defence also said in Saturday's broadcast that attempts to disrupt the Grand opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem in mid-may, but does not expect that such attempts will succeed.

The signs read in English, Hebrew, and Arabic and were put in place one week before the USA officially transfers its embassy to the city, Reuters reported Monday.

Trump's move was met with widespread protests in most countries in the world, except Israel and regional U.S. allies. "Jerusalem is our capital", she said.

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Neither Trump nor US Vice-President Mike Pence will attend the opening, the White House confirmed Monday.

The embassy move comes after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital past year, heightening Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

Last month, Cartes said that he wanted to relocated the country's embassy to Jerusalem before the end of his presidential term in August.

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.

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