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Netanyahu to invite Trump to inaugurate new US embassy in Jerusalem in May

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Davos.
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Netanyahu is set to meet Trump at the White House on March 5

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to invite US President Donald Trump to inaugurate the new US embassy in Israel, which Washington announced on Friday would be moved to Jerusalem in May to coincide with Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebrations.

According to a reports by Israel’s Channel 10 and Hadashot News, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned for mid-May to mark the official opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The exact opening date has yet to be confirmed, but the reports speculated that it could be held May 14, to coincide with the Gregorian calendar date on which Israel proclaimed independence in 1948.

(Israel marks its Independence Day according to the Hebrew calendar, which this year falls on April 19).

A statement issued Friday by the US State Department said that "in May, the United States plans to open a new US embassy in Jerusalem. The opening will coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary."

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The new embassy will be initially located in a US consular building in south Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood while Washington searches for a permanent location, "the planning and construction of which will be a longer-term undertaking”, the statement said.

Netanyahu on Saturday hailed the news as historic and a great day for Israel which "will turn Israel's 70th Independence Day into an even greater national celebration."

Netanyahu is set to meet Trump at the White House on March 5, while he is in Washington to give a speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference.

Until now, the US embassy has been located in Tel Aviv with a separate consulate general located in Jerusalem that represents US interests in the Palestinian territories.

No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv.

The status of Jerusalem is among the most contentious in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its united capital, while the Palestinians see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

The Palestinian Authority responded with anger the date chosen for the embassy move, on a day they view as Nakba Day or "Day of Catastrophe," calling it a "provocation."

Tensions between Israel, the US and the Palestinians have inflamed since Trump's December 6 declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announcement that the US embassy would be moved to the contested ancient city, breaking with decades of US policy.

The move sparked a new wave of unrest between Israel and the Palestinians, and called into question the US role in future peace talks.

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please do sacrifice all of your lives for the fakestillians. lying mooscum filth.

the golden put pimple terrorist done needs to be blown off the to of the temple mount and all the Pali filth sent to the only Pali State that should every exist.. Jordan!

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