Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump, Pence to skip Jerusalem embassy opening

Trump, Pence to skip Jerusalem embassy opening

Breaking with decades of USA diplomacy and global consensus President Donald Trump announced on December 6 the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the embassy, located until now in Tel Aviv.

Mr Liberman has been in Washington visiting Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, and Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt.

Trump sparked worldwide outcry when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate Washington's embassy to the city.

The Romanian government has reportedly approved a memorandum to assess the embassy's relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (al-Quds), which is not recognized internationally as the Israeli capital due to a rival claim from Palestinians, Sputnik reported.

However, Hadashot news reported Monday that the country's incoming president, Mario Abdo Benítez - a member of Cartes's conservative Colorado party - will join the incumbent for the opening of the Jerusalem embassy. "Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people - and the world is beginning to recognize this fact".

Nabil Shaath, an advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, while talking to Palestine TV in February has said, "If US President Donald Trump carries out his decision, he will inflame the entire region and threaten the US' interests there". Israel has expressed hopes that other countries will follow suit, though the move was widely condemned in the worldwide community.

Trump's move was met with widespread protests in most countries in the world, except Israel and regional United States allies.

USA ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the president's daughter and son-in-law Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and special representative for global negotiations Jason Greenblatt will also attend.

Israeli police had not received information of any specific warnings, Rosenfeld said, but security forces were "taking into consideration the period we're going to be in and other events, including Jerusalem celebrations and Nakba day".

Jerusalem's status has been a critical obstacle in peace negotiations, and worldwide consensus is that sovereignty over the city should be agreed between the two sides.

The city has been designated as "occupied" under worldwide law since the 1967 Arab War, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state. The Palestinians seek the eastern sector as capital of their hoped-for state.

Last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at least half a dozen countries are considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem, and pledged "preferential treatment" to the first 10 countries to do so.

Earlier on Monday, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat urged the worldwide community to boycott the opening of the USA embassy. Following the announcement Trump signed a further embassy waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

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