May 07 2018
'US Embassy' road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday ahead of next week's opening of the mission in the holy Palestinian and Islamic city.
The signs, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, were installed by workmen close to the south Jerusalem location of a US consulate building that will be repurposed as the embassy when it is officially relocated from Tel Aviv on May 14.
In December, US President Donald Trump called Jerusalem the capital of Israel and launched the process to transfer his country's embassy to the city.
The move prompted international condemnation and triggered a wave of protests in the occupied Palestinian territories.
During his election campaign in 2016, Trump repeatedly promised to move the embassy and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
In June 2017, however, like his predecessors, Trump signed a six-month waiver to delay the relocation, which would have complicated US efforts to resume the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
The White House said at the time that the question is "not if that move happens, but only when.”
The waiver expired on December 1.
Speaking to Israeli media in February, Trump reiterated that the issue of Jerusalem is off the negotiating table.
"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 newspaper Israel Hayom.
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