Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Israel marks opening of USA embassy in Jerusalem amid ongoing protests

Israel marks opening of USA embassy in Jerusalem amid ongoing protests

The transfer will be carried out by upgrading the current US Consulate General in Jerusalem to embassy status.

They also voted together to block the release of a statement by the European Union rejecting US plans to officially open its Embassy Monday in Jerusalem.

He says Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jews for thousands of years, and any peace agreement will include Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

While many Presidential candidates have promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Donald Trump was the only one who recognized reality and delivered.

A frequent criticism of Trump's decision in foreign policy circles is that he won no concessions from Israel toward what the president has billed as "the deal of the century", a peace pact that senior aides have been trying to broker between Israel and Palestinians.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. Thunderbird Square (32388 Veterans Way) and is sponsored by UFV Amnesty International, UFV Greens, and UFV Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights.

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The presidents of Guatemala and Paraguay are also set to attend; both countries chose to move their embassies to Jerusalem after Mr Trump made his announcement.

The status of Jerusalem goes to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will be there in person, alongside Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

For Israelis, Sunday was Jerusalem Day, an annual celebration of the "reunification" of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War.

Since March 30, the Palestinians have been organizing protests, demonstrations and rallies calling it "the Great March of Return".

The plan was brought forward to coincide with the state of Israel's 70th anniversary.

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Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

There were already tensions in the weeks before the embassy move.

A Palestinian teen shot by Israeli forces in Gaza border clashes succumbed to his wounds Saturday, the health ministry in the enclave said.

Friedman in the past has been a supporter of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

"It's been the capital of our state for the past 70 years".

Since the 1990s, the fate of the city has been a core issue in USA -brokered talks on setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel, with the Palestinians seeking east Jerusalem as a capital. The global consensus remains that the status of the Jerusalem should be part of final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. This move was never recognized by most of the worldwide community. Many other countries have spoken about subsequently moving their embassies as well. "Having said that, there are huge ramifications as it delivers the death certificate to American stewardship over political processes in Israel-Palestine relations".

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