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US brings forward Jerusalem embassy opening to May

US VP to delay his Middle East visit due to outrage of Jerusalem decision
The US expects to open its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem in May, officials have said, bringing forward Donald Trump’s contentious plan forward by at least a year, the Guardian reported. 
US officials said the move was to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel. The country declared independence on 14 May 1948, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned at the embassy in mid-May.
The US ambassador will move his office to a consulate already in the city, the officials said, followed by the gradual expansion of its premises. A new location may be chosen later on.
One official said plans for May were simple: “A sign will be put up identifying the facility as the US embassy.”
The decision comes despite overwhelming global opposition. It is widely feared that moving the embassy from Tel Aviv will push back already moribund efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and could result in renewed violence.
Trump, however, told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington that he had decided to go against the advice of other countries begging him not to relocate the embassy. “I said we have to do it. It’s the right thing to do.”
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