Trump won't attend US Embassy opening in Jerusalem

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"I thank President Trump for making this historic moment come to fruition".

US President Donald Trump will not attend the May 14 ceremony marking the relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, announced the White House on Monday.

"By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the seat of its government, we're recognizing reality", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a visit to Israel last week.

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US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will reportedly lead a delegation of 250 people from the US to the opening ceremony including around 40 politicians, among them Republican senators Ted Cruz and Lindsay Graham as well as Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt.

A number of Israeli dignitaries are also expected to attend the festive event in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood at the building now housing the USA consulate.

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"The authorities in Jerusalem may have thought that the glitz of Giro d'Italia might have a "sportswash" effect, removing some of the stain of Israel's human rights record. Jerusalem is our capital", she said.

Approximately 800 American and Israeli visitors are expected at the inauguration of the new embassy in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood, but officials from other countries have also been invited.

Trump's unilateral decision delighted the Israelis and enraged the Palestinians, who want to make the eastern, mainly Palestinian, part of the city the capital of their future state and who say Trump's decision ignores their demands.

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The Palestinian authorities have called on the diplomatic corps, worldwide non-governmental organizations and religious authorities to boycott the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem.