'Jerusalem to Remain Israel's Capital': Netanyahu Urges Others to Follow US Lead
14 May, 2018, 05:03 | Author: Kim Reid
President Donald Trump'sdecision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv broke with generations of global consensus that Jerusalem's status should be settled as part of a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
The couple - both senior White House advisers - will attend the ceremony.
The decision to move the embassy has been greeted with anger from Palestinians. The Mufti also called for commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba.
Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
"Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible approximately 650 times", Netanyahu said.
Lindsey Graham's office said he would be among a delegation of senators, also including Ted Cruz, who would attend the opening ceremony and meet with Israeli officials about "counter-terrorism and national security issues".
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A United States delegation has flown to Israel amid rising tensions ahead of planned protests against the controversial move of the American embassy to Jerusalem and ralllies calling for the Palestinians' right of return to the homes from which they were expelled from in 1948.
On Monday, the official dedication ceremony will be held in the new US consulate-turned-embassy in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood. Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to gather along the border between Gaza and Israel on Monday to protest the embassy opening.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Trump was fulfilling a key campaign promise by moving the embassy.
"We look forward to celebrating Israel's 70th anniversary and the bright future ahead", Ivanka wrote on Instagram ahead of the opening, which will take place on Monday, exactly seven decades since the country declared independence.
"We will not accept the deal", Abbas told a PLO convention two weeks ago, referring to the plan reportedly being prepared by Trump's Kushner-led Mideast team.
Why is the move so controversial?
The fate of Jerusalem is a deeply emotional issue at the heart of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
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"President Trump promised to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and he did so".
He has argued that it helps make peace possible by taking Jerusalem "off the table", but many have pointed out he has not announced concessions in return from Israel.
On Sunday, scuffles broke out between Israelis and Muslim security officers in the holy compound in east Jerusalem's Old City.
The US government will move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday. Shortly after, the government approved construction of a $57 million cable vehicle system that will link west Jerusalem to the Old City.
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Organisers call the rolling protests the Great March of Return, which is set to culminate on Tuesday.
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