Trump Left Off White House Attendee List for Jerusalem Embassy Opening

Jerusalem to name square near new US embassy in honor of Trump

"By taking Jerusalem off the table, I wanted to make it clear that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and as for specific boundaries, I would support what both sides agreed to", Trump told an Israeli newspaper.

PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat, on Monday, said that by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving its embassy thereto, the Trump administration is violating its obligations under global law, including UNSCR 478, and America's own commitments towards the peace process.

Relations between Palestine and the United States reached an all-time low when Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv on December 6, 2017. The leaders of the OIC member states condemned Trump's decision.

Instead, the U.S. delegation to the May 14 event will include U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as well as Pres. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and daughter Ivanka Trump, who work as advisers to the president in the White House.

"Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people - and the world is beginning to recognise this fact", he said, adding his thanks to Trump.

Trump sparked worldwide outcry when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate Washington's embassy to the city.

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

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Jerusalem's city hall says it has put up road signs pointing to the new US Embassy, which is set to move to the contested city next week.

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

Friedman, who owns a home in Jerusalem, will "continue to divide his time between his official residence in Herzliya and a residence in Jerusalem during the initial phases of the embassy move, as this is a multi-year process", the official 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.

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

The status of Jerusalem is among the most contentious in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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 US move.

Following the announcement Trump signed a further embassy waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

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