US Set To Officially Open Its Israeli Embassy In Jerusalem

Israel boosts Gaza border force as US prepares to open Jerusalem embassy

The Old City in east Jerusalem is home to key holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. David Friedman would preside over the dedication ceremony. They were there to celebrate Jerusalem Day, which started on Saturday evening.

In 1995, Congress passed a law mandating the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, a law that had the support of both parties. In 1980, Israel declared Jerusalem its "complete and united" capital. Those protests are to climax Monday, with tens of thousands of people expected to gather along the Israeli border in an event timed to coincide with the U.S. Embassy move. The decision in December to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem has ignited months of protests in the Palestinian territories and across the region.

Nationalist Israelis view the day as a holiday marking the unification of the city under Israeli control.

Israel seized East Jerusalem, together with the rest of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Middle East war.

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has decried Washington's embassy move as a "provocation to all Arabs", and the opening falls on May 14 which this year marks 70 years since Israel's declaration of independence - which Palestinians call Naqba, their "day of catastrophe".

A sign on a bridge leading to the US Embassy compound ahead the official opening in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Given all of the Trump administration's big foreign-policy announcements in recent weeks, the official move of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday has seemingly flown under the radar.

Hamas is pledging to increase the already violent "demonstrations" going on in Gaza in protest against the opening of the US embassy. "I think it shows you that the President is absolutely doing the right thing here", Coates said of the embassy move.

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But the embassy move has its opponents.

Ayman Odeh, the head of the Joint List of Arab-dominated parties in the national legislature of Israel, tweeted, "There's nothing festive about transferring the embassy".

The official opening of the United States embassy, which will take place at 1pm local time (10:00 GMT) will be attended by an American delegation, which includes Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, who is also an adviser to the president. Sullivan spoke strongly in support of the embassy switch Sunday night.

Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner will preside over the embassy ceremony on Monday. "In addition, the Central Command will also receive additional combat battalions and intelligence collection teams as reinforcement", announced the army on Sunday. President Trump's bold decision, fulfilled this week, will go down in history along with his predecessor President Truman's early recognition of the Jewish State of Israel. These are considered illegal under global law, although Israel disputes this.

And Jerusalem premier league football club Beitar Jerusalem said it was renaming itself "Beitar Trump Jerusalem". In addition, a square near the Jerusalem compound will be named in Trump's honor.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Trump was fulfilling a key campaign promise by moving the embassy. Many have been killed on the Palestinian side while several more were injured.

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