In Jerusalem, the first signs indicating the American embassy are mounted

Ⓒ AFP – THOMAS COEX – | On May 7, 2018, workers in Jerusalem installed the first signs indicating the direction of the United States embassy, ​​which will open on May 14 following a decision hailed as historic by Israel and largely condemned by the international community.

Workers set up in Jerusalem on Monday the first signs indicating the direction of the US embassy that will open on May 14 following a decision hailed as historic by Israel and widely condemned by the international community.

Orange chasuble workers perched on ladders hung high in the streets around the site with signs indicating “Embassy of the United States” in Hebrew, Arabic and English, an AFP photographer noted.

Breaking with decades of American diplomacy and international consensus, US President Donald Trump announced on December 6 the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the embassy currently located in Tel Aviv.

The embassy is to be inaugurated with great pomp next week, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel. Small in size, it will initially be housed in the complex of the current US consulate in Jerusalem, time to plan and build a permanent embassy, ​​a long-term endeavor according to the State Department.

Trump’s unilateral decision has delighted the Israelis and angered the Palestinians, who want to make East Jerusalem the capital of the state to which they aspire and who see in Trump’s decision the negation of their demands. The question of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“This is not a dream, but a reality,” said Israeli Mayor Nir Barkat, thanking Trump for his “historic” decision. “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people, and the world is beginning to recognize this reality,” he said in a statement.

Israel regards Mr. Trump’s decision as the recognition, too late, of a historical reality. For the Palestinian leadership, it represents the pinnacle of the pro-Israel bias of the Trump administration.

A senior Palestinian official, Saeb Erekat, called in a statement “all the diplomatic corps, civil society and religious authorities to boycott” the inauguration.

Those who attend will deliver the grim message that they are promoting flagrant violations of international law and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, “he said.

Israel seized East Jerusalem, the Palestinian part of the city, in 1967 and annexed it. He considers all Jerusalem as his “indivisible” capital.

The international community considers the annexation illegal and considers East Jerusalem as occupied territory. Since the creation of Israel, it has not recognized Jerusalem as its capital and considers that the final status of the city must be negotiated. All foreign embassies in Israel were previously in Tel Aviv.

Of the 193 countries that make up the UN General Assembly, 128 voted at the end of December on a resolution condemning the US decision, including US allies such as France and the United Kingdom. Only seven small countries, including Guatemala, have aligned themselves with Washington.

President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales is announced on May 16 in Jerusalem for the transfer of the embassy of his country.

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