US Prepares to Relocate Its Embassy to Jerusalem

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I am proud and moved to hand this sign this morning, one of the first prepared by the US Embassy which will open next week in Jerusalem.

Trump announced the move of the embassy to Jerusalem in December, saying that he was making good on United States legislation and presidential pledges dating back decades.

On Monday, Paraguay said it was planning to move its embassy from near Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 21 or 22.

Trump announced the move in December 2017, saying he was making good on USA legislation and presidential pledges, dating back decades, to support Israel's designation of Jerusalem as its capital.

Arab foreign ministers of Arab League member states had also called for worldwide recognition of Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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According to Jerusalem Post, Trump will ask Israel to transfer control of the four neighbourhoods - Jebl Mukabar, Issawiya, Shuafat and Abu Dis - to the Palestinians. However, other countries have condemned the move as it ignited tensions with Palestinians who also claim the ancient city as its capital.

The embassy move, he said, may pass without significant violence, pointing to the lack of anticipated instability following Donald Trump's December announcement to relocate the embassy. The Palestinians seek the eastern sector as capital of their hoped-for state.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that the move would have a "disastrous impact on the peace process, on the two-state solution and on the stability and security of the entire region". "Jerusalem is our capital", she said.

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

Israeli Walla news site yesterday reported Israeli official sources saying that a U.S. delegation of 250 officials is expected to attend the ceremony, pointing out that the entire Israeli government will participate in receiving the delegation. On February 23, the State Department announced the new embassy will open in May.

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