Trump to Skip US Embassy Opening in Jerusalem


U.S. Ambassador to the State of Israel David M. Friedman, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and assistant to the president Jason D. Greenblatt will also attend.

The first U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem on 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.

Pres. Trump has left the question of his participation in the embassy opening in doubt for months, saying that he might come.

"By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the seat of its government, we're recognizing reality", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a visit to Israel last week.

Publicly, however, US officials have denied the report, telling the Jerusalem Post: "President Donald Trump's plan has not yet been completed but has entered its final stages of development".

Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who serve as advisers to the president, will also attend.

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Arab foreign ministers of Arab League member states had also called for global recognition of Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. "It's like the USA is insisting on making the Palestinians remember this day as a very sad day in their history and in their struggle against the Israeli occupation", he said.

The Trump administration has left the diplomatic door open to a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians on defining Jerusalem's borders.

While Israel views Jerusalem as its capital, Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its "united" capital, and its annexation of East Jerusalem effectively put the entire city under de-facto Israeli control.

According to the Guardian, police and Israeli Defense Forces have increased security sweeps and patrols in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood expected to house the temporary American embassy while construction is in progress.

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.