US Jerusalem embassy set for opening tomorrow, Palestinians plan bloody protest in Gaza
Senior White House advisers, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, Sunday arrived in Israel ahead of the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.
Ivanka, daughter of United States President, Donald Trump and her husband will attend the opening ceremony. But Mr Trump himself will not be there, the BBC has said.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will be there in person, alongside Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
A small interim embassy will open inside the existing US consulate building in Jerusalem on Monday, while a larger site will be found later when the rest of the embassy moves from Tel Aviv. President Trump is expected to address attendees at Monday’s event via video link.
Meanwhile Israel’s military will be bracing for thousands of Palestinian protesters to try to break through the Gaza border fence. But Israel’s security forces said that they are preparing for Palestinian protests against the embassy’s inauguration.
Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem late last year angered Palestinians and polarized the world, but however brought to an end decades of US neutrality on the issue.
The plan was brought forward to coincide with the state of Israel’s 70th anniversary.
Israel regards Jerusalem as its “eternal and undivided” capital while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war – as the capital of a future state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Christian community said the embassy move was a reason for celebration.
On the other hand, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has described it as the “slap of the century”.
The delegation met Israel’s prime minister on Sunday afternoon, according to the local press.