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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

U.S. Opens Embassy In Jerusalem On 70th Anniversary Of Israel’s Founding

A day after celebrating its 70th birthday, Israel is set for more festivities as the U.S. Embassy opens in Jerusalem. Top Trump administration officials gathered for the historic opening.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin along White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are part the U.S. delegation, which will participate in Monday’s ceremony.
The delegation is being led by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and includes several members of Congress.
“It is a sign of the enduring friendship and partnership between our two countries,” said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “It is also fitting that we are coming together as Israel commemorates its 70th anniversary.”
A sign on a bridge leading to the US Embassy compound ahead the official opening in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Monday’s opening of the U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem, cheered by Israelis as a historic validation, is seen by Palestinians as an in-your-face affirmation of pro-Israel bias by President Donald Trump and a new blow to frail statehood dreams. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Monday’s celebration cements the U.S. recognition of the ancient city as the true capital of Jerusalem, 70 years after the U.S. gave official recognition to the nation.
U.S. officials say the move will bring regional stability, but critics says it set back the peace process.
High-level U.S. officials are celebrating the move in Israel, but other envoys are notably absent from the ceremony.
The city is home to holy sites for the three Abrahamic religions, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam — making Israeli claims to it a contentious stance.
Many Israeli citizens are praising President Trump for fulfilling his promises.
While Israel and the U.S. celebrate the move for Palestinians it is the 70th aniversary of Nakba, or what they call “catastrophe,” when hundreds of thousands fled their homes or were displaced by the Israeli army.
The Jerusalem move angered Palestinians, who claim the eastern portion of the city as the capital of their future state.
Security is being ramped up in the face of expected protests and possible attacks.
Palestinians clash with Israeli troops following a protest against the U.S. decision to relocate it’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Monday, May 14, 2018. Several thousand people gathered in the center of Ramallah, while hundreds marched to the Qalandiya crossing on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where protesters threw stones at Israeli troops with their anger fueled by the embassy opening. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
“More than a thousand police officers will be securing the area with heightened security, including special patrol units, border police and undercover units,” confirmed Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesperson for the Israeli police.
Still, Some experts believe the Israel-Palestine conflict is not the flash-point it once was as more focus is on the strong bonds of the U.S., Israel and the gulf nations uniting to contain Iranian influence in the region.
Palestinian officials — along with many others including the E.U. — have condemned the move, claiming the U.S. can no longer be the impartial broker in the conflict.
However, others say it represents a sea change in diplomacy that could reverse the stalemated situation.

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