Road signs go up for new US Embassy in Jerusalem

Hannah Rogers
May 8, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump will not travel to Israel for the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, and neither will Vice President Mike Pence, according to a White House statement released on Monday.

President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital a year ago. The leaders of the OIC member states condemned Trump's decision.

The White House announced the official delegation to the opening on Monday, to be led by John Sullivan, deputy secretary of state.

Other world powers have not done so, sidestepping one of the thorniest disputes between Israel and the Palestinians, who want their own state with East Jerusalem as the capital.

"Those who will attend the ceremony will send a signal that they are encouraging the trampling of global legitimacy and the inherent rights of the Palestinian people", Erekat said as quoted in the statement.

The black-and-white signs in English, Hebrew and Arabic were installed along roads leading to the US consulate that will officially be unveiled as the US Embassy on May 14.

The move prompted worldwide condemnation and triggered a wave of protests in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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The legislation would bar an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected - which can occur as soon as six weeks into pregnancy. Several states have attempted to advance abortion bans in recent years. "However, this is bigger than just a law", she said.

Still, local residents are excited about the new move.

View of the US Consulate in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood, February 24, 2018.

A new road sign indicating the way to the new United States embassy in Jerusalem is set up on May 7, 2018. "Jerusalem is our capital", she said. The Palestinian leadership and most of the global community consider East Jerusalem as occupied territory and the future capital of a sovereign Palestinian state.

The consulate will temporarily house the ambassador until the U.S. finds a secure site to build a new embassy, which had been located in Tel Aviv.

The Trump administration has left the diplomatic door open to a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians on defining Jerusalem's borders.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in April that "at least half a dozen" countries were now "seriously discussing" following the U.S. lead, but he did not identify them.

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