United States envoy sees peace hope after Israel embassy move

Saul Bowman
May 14, 2018

The US government will move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday.

An Israeli soccer team has changed its name to honor President Donald Trump, a day before the USA embassy is slated to move to Jerusalem.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are in Israel before Monday's grand opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Those talks have been frozen since 2014.

The ambassador said staff at the Tel Aviv mission had just marked its last day as an embassy and some of them will turn up for work tomorrow at the Jerusalem embassy, which will host an opening ceremony later that day.

Most countries say the status of Jerusalem should be determined in a final peace settlement, and say moving their embassies now would prejudge any such deal.

Meanwhile, Israel will welcome the embassy move and also mark its 70th year of independence since its creation in 1948.

Netanyahu said that "under any peace agreement you could possibly imagine, Jerusalem will remain Israel's capital".

According to a post on Beitar Jerusalem's Facebook page, Jerusalem had waited long enough- 70 years to be precise- for global recognition, and President Trump was the one to finally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestine claims Jerusalem as the capital of a state it will establish in the future. "Today's move of the United States embassy gives life to a religious conflict instead of a dignified peace". Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, will be leading the congressional delegation to the embassy's opening.

Four European countries - Austria, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary - have confirmed their participation although the European Union opposes the relocation.

No-show nations withheld comment on Sunday.

Their dismissal of Mr Trump's unilateral action last week has shown that the worldwide community is now willing to say "no" to the United States, the sole global superpower, said Mr Shaath.

Israel captured east Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Mideast war. Witnesses said some prostrated themselves in Jewish prayer, violating religious restrictions at the site and sparking scuffled with Muslim worshippers.

Police said over 30,000 people took part in Sunday's festivities.

A picture taken on April 13, 2018 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli soldiers and Palestinian protesters gathering along the border fence with Israel.

More than 40 Palestinians have been killed during six weeks of protests and tens of thousands of Gazans are expected at tented border encampments in the coming days. USA consular services, such as issuing visas, will also continue at the Arnona site.

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