US embassy finally moves to Jerusalem
The United States (US) administration has officially relocated the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, fulfilling one of Donald Trump’s key promises during his election campaign.
A special US delegation attended the inauguration ceremony on Monday, which coincided with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding.
The move infuriated Palestinians and sparked international condemnation.
Previous US presidents, as well as nearly every other country, refrained from opening embassies in Jerusalem, arguing that the city’s final status should first be resolved through Israeli- Palestinian negotiations.
Israel’s foreign ministry said all 86 countries with diplomatic missions in Israel were invited to the embassy opening today, yet only 33 countries confirmed attendance.
Palestinian leaders see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state and have said that Trump’s move disqualifies the US as a peace mediator.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said the embassy move marked a “glorious day”.
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