Ivanka Trump to lead U.S. delegation at embassy's Jerusalem opening

Sergio Conner
May 14, 2018

You have Hamas controlling Gaza, Palestinian Authority controlling the West Bank, Gaza is a rocket-launching factory against Israel.

"I don't think it's going to be necessary", he said.

The official opening of the U.S. embassy, which will take place at 1pm local time (10:00 GMT) will be attended by an American delegation, which includes Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, who is also an adviser to the president.

He says Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jews for thousands of years, and any peace agreement will include Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The embassy move also has bolstered the alliance between the United States and Israel, which is focusing in the short term on aiding Israel's defense forces amid growing and ongoing threats by terrorist proxy groups backed by Iran.

Gaza health facilities are preparing for mass casualties ahead of an anticipated large rally this week at Israel's border.

During his meeting with Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Lavrov said "this impasse is getting deeper and deeper, especially in light of recent USA decisions on Jerusalem".

The agenda will include talks over the controversial U.S. embassy move, scheduled to take place on Monday.

Israeli officials have speculated that more than 100,000 Gazans will attempt to breach the border with Israel.

But he stressed the event will be a bilateral US-Israeli celebration, downplaying reports that very few, if any, diplomats from other countries that have not recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital will attend.

Dozens of Palestinian demonstrators had broken into the Gaza side of the Kerem Shalom terminal, the main conduit for goods in and out of the territory, on Friday.

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For Israelis, Sunday is Jerusalem Day, an annual celebration of the "reunification" of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War.

Kicking off the festivities, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hosting a reception on Sunday at the Foreign Affairs ministry for some 800 invitees, including 40 ambassadors.

As to the security situation, "it really doesn't feel any different than being in Jerusalem any other time", the administration official told the Free Beacon. Only two countries, Guatemala and Paraguay, have said they will follow suit. Ask every kid what's our capital: "It's Jerusalem", says Uriel Berenstein as he walks his dog in downtown (West) Jerusalem.

Speaking to journalists in the Old City, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat hailed the USA embassy move as the beginning of "a new world order".

Jerusalem, which is sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians, was decorated with roadside flowerbeds in the design of the US flag and posters reading "Trump make Israel great again".

"It's been the capital of our state for the past 70 years. It will remain our capital for all time".

Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel group in the USA, expressed concern that the embassy move would backfire.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush made the same pledge to move the embassy to Jerusalem on the campaign trail, only to abandon it after winning the White House.

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan led the presidential delegation of around 250 people including Ivanka Trump, her husband and senior White House aide Jared Kushner, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Still, the US move has spurred other nations to follow suit.

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