Jerusalem Puts Up US Embassy Road Signs Ahead Of Opening Next Week

08 May, 2018, 02:26 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu

"If US President Donald Trump carries out his decision, he will inflame the entire region and threaten the US' interests there", Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said to Palestine TV in February.

It remains unclear if President Trump will be on hand to officially open the diplomatic headquarters.

Trump, who announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel a year ago, delivered on one of his presidential campaign promises to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Palestine-Israel conflict, with Palestinians seeking East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

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

Donald Trump had promised to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the USA embassy to the city during his election campaign in 2016.


According to eyewitnesses, three signs were placed on one of the Jerusalem roads in English, Hebrew and Arabic. "I thank President Trump for making this historic moment come to fruition".

The White House said at the time that the question is "not if that move happens, but only when". No country now has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv. "The relationship has never been better", Trump said of Israel. The Palestinians, on the other hand, see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state and oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman over the weekend said that Israel will have to pay the "price" for United States decision to transfer its Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The U.S. hopes there is still a possibility for peace, however.

On Monday, Paraguay said it was planning to move its embassy from near Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 21 or 22.

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