First signs go up for US embassy in Jerusalem

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

Trump announced the move of the embassy to Jerusalem in December, saying that he was making good on U.S. legislation and presidential pledges dating back decades.

It is not yet clear whether President Trump will attend, although he has indicated that he may.

The move overturns decades of global consensus on Jerusalem, a highly contested city, half of which was occupied and annexed by Israel following the 1967 War.

The signs were placed near a building of the US consulate south of Jerusalem, which appears to be the embassy's headquarters, as it will be officially moved on May 14.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Palestine-Israel conflict, with Palestinians seeking East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

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".

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According to reports, the signs, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, were installed by workmen close to the USA consulate situated in south Jerusalem. "Jerusalem is our capital", she said.

To the Palestinians it is indicative of what they say is the White House's pro-Israel bias.

Israel claims the entire city as its eternal capital.

The embassy move comes after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital past year. The Palestinians, however, see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

According to the Guardian, police and Israeli Defense Forces have increased security sweeps and patrols in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood expected to house the temporary American embassy while construction is in progress.

The U.S. move has delighted Israel and infuriated Palestinians.

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