Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Road Signs Pointing To 'US Embassy' Go Up In Jerusalem

Road Signs Pointing To 'US Embassy' Go Up In Jerusalem

President Donald Trump won't be part of the high-ranking delegation attending the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem next week, the White House said Monday. "I thank President Trump or making this historic moment come to fruition", he said in a statement released by his office.

Other world powers have not done so, sidestepping one of the thorniest disputes between Israel and the Palestinians, who want their own state with East Jerusalem as the capital.

"This is not a dream".

"This morning, I am proud and excited to install the first signs for the USA embassy, which will open next week in Jerusalem".

Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it.

In June 2017, however, like his predecessors, Trump signed a six-month waiver to delay the relocation, which would have complicated USA efforts to resume the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump said last month that he "may go" to the ceremony celebrating the opening of the American embassy, and bragged about saving money by rejecting an initial proposal to devote $1 billion for the construction of a new embassy, and replacing it with a significantly more moderate plan costing close to $400,000 instead.

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A worker hangs a road sign directing to the USA embassy, in the area of the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2018.

Trump's move was met with widespread protests in most countries in the world, except Israel and regional United States allies. Angry with Dancilas's proposal on Jerusalem, he publicly called on her to resign.

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

Recall, 6 December 2017, the US President, Donald trump has officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and ordered the transfer of the American Embassy.

On Sunday, May 13, Israel's Foreign Ministry will host a festive event celebrating the moves to Jerusalem of the American and Guatemalan embassies, which will also be attended by US officials, as well as Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat hangs a street sign.

In March, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said his country would relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 16, two days after the US move.

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