palestine

Netanyahu to talk with Trump about attending embassy opening

Israeli premier set to meet the US president on Monday in Washington

AFP
15:43 March 4, 2018

Occupied Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will discuss the possibility of US President Donald Trump attending the May opening of the US embassy in Occupied Jerusalem when he meets Trump in Washington on Monday.

“I’m very grateful to him for this historic decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the American embassy to Jerusalem on our independence day,” he said.

The May 14 date of the embassy opening coincides with the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel.

For Palestinians, the date represents the anniversary of the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, in which hundreds of thousands either fled or were expelled from their homes in the war surrounding Israel’s creation.

Trump’s December 6 Occupied Jerusalem declaration outraged Palestinians and broke with decades of international consensus that the disputed city’s status must be negotiated between the two sides.

Other countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

The new embassy will initially be located in a US consular building in Occupied Jerusalem while Washington searches for a permanent location.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the 1967 War and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community. It sees the entire city as its capital.

The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future promised state.