USA embassy in Jerusalem to open in May

Since past United States presidents never signed the relocation order, the embassy remained in Tel Aviv.

The newspapers reported the Palestinians' angry reactions to the United States decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem next May on the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian exodus, the Nakba. Israel proclaimed independence on May 14, 1948, and that might be the day. Officials said any move to build a new embassy in Jerusalem would take several years.

"This is a great moment for the citizens of Israel and this is an historic moment for the State of Israel", Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

"In May, the United States plans to open a new USA embassy in Jerusalem".

The United States said it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with the Jewish state's 70th birthday - and enraging Palestinians, who called it a "blatant provocation".

The embassy will initially be located in Jerusalem's Arnona neighbourhood, in a building that now houses operations of the US Consulate General.

The decision of the U.S., which will dispatch its ambassador to Israel and staff to Jerusalem, came after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson approved the final security plan for the relocation late Thursday, even though Vice President Mike Pence said earlier it would happen by the end of 2019.

A staff of four to five people, including Ambassador David Friedman, will move their offices to The Diplomat Hotel, a building owned by the State Department.

"President Trump's decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem will make our Independence Day celebration even happier", Netanyahu said.

News about the injuries among Palestinian youths during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank were highlighted in the front pages of the three Arabic Palestinian dailies on Sunday. Critics argue that Trump was essentially circumventing Israel-Palestinian peace talks, where Jerusalem's status was to be one of the topics for negotiation.

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"This is a clear provocation of the feelings of the Islamic and Arab nations", he added.

"In response to this highly worrisome decision of the United States, Turkey will sustain its efforts, together with the vast majority of worldwide community, to safeguard the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people".

The fact that it will take place in May, "when Palestinians mark 70 years for their dispersal and uprooting from their homeland", is "offensive to the feelings of Arabs and Muslims, in addition to being a blatant violation of worldwide law and United Nations resolutions", the Ministry said in a statement.

Israel actually celebrates its independence according to the Jewish calendar, so the western date is different every year, and this year it will actually be celebrated on April 19.

Palestinians regard East Jerusalem as the potential capital of a future Palestinian state and oppose any suggestion that Jerusalem should be recognized as Israel's capital.

The U.S. announcement raised the ire of the Palestinians.

Palestinians reacted to the news with anger.

While the Palestinians want a new worldwide mechanism to shepherd peace talks, the details of the Trump plan and its timing are still unclear.

"The Arab countries are determined to address all the negative consequences of this resolution and to ensure that no other country makes a similar move in the future, so the USA move would always be isolated", he stated. It's the right thing to do.

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