Things to Know About the US Embassy's Move to Jerusalem

Things to Know About the US Embassy's Move to Jerusalem

Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump, both top aides to President Donald Trump, led a high-powered American delegation that also included the treasury secretary and four Republican senators.

Today we officially opened the United States embassy in Jerusalem.

Mr Trump's policy is a sharp departure from past United States administrations, which have tried to position America as a neutral party ready to broker a peace deal.

He noted that transferring the embassy will not change the reality and that Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of the State of Palestine.

"This land is the only land in the Middle East in which Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and people of all faiths participate and worship freely according to their beliefs", Kushner said.

It is the highest number of Palestinian deaths in one day since the protests began on March 30.

In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) accused the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, of "leading a terrorist operation" and inciting around 35,000 protesters who had assembled in numerous locations along the border fence to conduct what Israel described as terror attacks. This is what the law says and this is the objective of our efforts to promote peace in the Middle East.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the opening of the USA embassy in as "a day that will be engraved in our national memory for generations".


The Palestinian authority called for an "immediate and urgent worldwide intervention" to stop the "horrific massacre committed by the Israeli Occupational forces against our heroic people", government spokesman Youssef Mahmoud said in a statement.

"This is a great day".

"Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem will be a disaster for the American administration and a black day in the history of the American people because they are partners with the occupation and its aggression against the Palestinian people", he added.

In December, Trump and the United States chose to "finally recognize the truth: That Jerusalem is the capital of Israel".

Pope Francis said he could not "silence his concern over the situation".

However, the decision to move the embassy is seen as a massive win for Israel at the expense of Palestinians.

The timing of the move has also been slammed, as it is being held a day ahead of Nakba Day ("Day of the Catastrophe"), which this year marks the 70th anniversary of Israel's creation and subsequent displacement of some 700,000 Palestinian refugees.

"I am so proud to be here today in Jerusalem, the eternal heart of the Jewish people", Kushner told those gathered at the ceremony.

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