United States embassy road signs go up in Jerusalem ahead of move

The White House released a statement on Monday about the delegation it will send to next week's ceremony in honor of the U.S. Embassy's relocation to Jerusalem. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the U.S. move saying that Washington has lost its credibility as mediator in the Middle East crisis. "Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people - and the world is beginning to recognize this fact".

"Strengthening settlements in Judea and Samaria is first and foremost in Israel's security interest", said Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, using the biblical names favoured by pro-settlement Israelis for the north and south West Bank.

All Israeli settlements are seen as illegal under worldwide law and major obstacles to peace as they are built on occupied Palestinian territory.

President Donald Trump has so far proved an important point.

The larger step of moving the entire embassy to a new location in Jerusalem would cost more than the sum Trump mentioned, and would also take more time.

Trump said last week that he "may" go to Jerusalem for the opening himself.

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Trump says he 'may go' to Jerusalem embassy opening
And I had my name half-signed, then I noticed the figure, and I just didn't - I never got to the word 'Trump ". "We might have to build dozens of embassies , and we would need new land ready or that goal ".

Jerusalem's status has been a critical obstacle in peace negotiations, and global consensus is that sovereignty over the city should be agreed between the two sides. The city is claimed by Muslims, Christians and Jews to be historically important for them.

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

Paraguay will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of May, a Paraguay government spokesman and the Israeli foreign ministry said on Monday.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will reportedly lead a delegation of 250 people from the US to the opening ceremony including around 40 politicians, among them Republican senators Ted Cruz and Lindsay Graham as well as Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt. The Palestinians seek the eastern sector as capital of their hoped-for state.

Earlier on Monday, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat urged the global community to boycott the opening of the US embassy. On February 23, the State Department announced the new embassy will open in May.


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