Road signs pointing to 'US Embassy' go up in Jerusalem


"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.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday the delegation that will attend the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem next week.

Trump surprised Jerusalem late last month when he said he was considering attending the embassy's ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 14.

In his place, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will lead the delegation, the White House said in a statement. "Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people - and the world is beginning to recognize this fact". Trump ordered the move a year ago, fulfilling a key campaign promise but drawing condemnation from many USA allies, who say the move makes it more hard to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

New U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem.

The worldwide community considers the annexation illegal and considers east Jerusalem as occupied territory.

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The worldwide community largely recognizes Tel Aviv as Israel's capital.

Earlier, US Embassy road signs were erected in Jerusalem on Monday a week before Washington was due to relocate its mission, a move that has infuriated the Arab and Muslim worlds.

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

I am proud and moved to hand this sign this morning, one of the first prepared by the US Embassy which will open next week in Jerusalem.

The new embassy is scheduled to open it's doors on Monday, May 14.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Trump administration's decision to move the embassy, while Trump said the relationship between the United States and Israel has "never been better".