Israel kicked off festivities to celebrate the opening of the new US embassy in Juresalam, but condemned by Palestinians who are gathering for mass protests.
Top US officials will attend the event including President Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner. Donald Trump’s decision to move US embassy from Tel Aviv has angered Palestinians. Last year Trump announced to recognize it as capital of Israel, broke with decades of US neutrality on the issue and put it at odds with most of the international community.
A small interim embassy will start operating on Monday inside the existing US consulate building in Jerusalem. A larger site will be found later when the rest of the embassy moves from Tel Aviv.
The opening ceremony was brought forward to coincide with the state of Israel’s 70th anniversary.
President Trump is expected to address those attending Monday’s event via video link.