Jerusalem mayor posts U.S. embassy sign, thanks Trump in tweet

Jerusalem mayor posts U.S. embassy sign, thanks Trump in tweet

Road signs directing vehicles and pedestrians to the "US Embassy" were erected on Monday across Jerusalem only days ahead of the relocation of America's mission from Tel Aviv to the US's newly recognized capital.

New U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem.

President Trump's daughter and son-in-law - Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump - will be part of the six-member delegation in Jerusalem for the opening of the new US Embassy next week, the White House said on Monday.

Trump, who announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel a year ago, delivered on one of his presidential campaign promises to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We have also invited several Israeli government representatives and political leaders to attend.

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The embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is expected to occur on May 14.

In February, President Trump, while speaking to Israeli media, reiterated that the issue of Jerusalem is off the negotiating table. This is a historic event and I thank President Trump. "Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people - and the world is beginning to recognize this fact".

Palestinian officials didn't see it that way.

In March, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said that his country would relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 16, two days after the USA move.

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Palestinians say that moving the embassy would prejudge one of the most sensitive issues in the conflict - the status of Jerusalem - and undermine the US' status as an honest mediator.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in wake of Trump's announcement that the United States had effectively disqualified itself from peace process.

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

Barkat's tweet comes as the new embassy is set to open in May to mark Israel's 70th anniversary.

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