24 February, 2018
Trump's December decision to relocate the embassy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital defied decades of USA policy and ran contrary to the position of the vast majority of the worldwide community. The date has not yet been confirmed by the White House, but an unnamed US official told Reuters that the U.S.is expected to open the embassy in May. US Vice President Mike Pence told the Israeli parliament last month that the move would take place by the end of 2019.
The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with the Jewish state's 70th birthday - and enraging Palestinians, who called it a "blatant provocation".
Both Israelis and Palestinians consider Jerusalem to be their capital city.
Palestinians claim East Jerusalem - seized by Israel in 1967 and later annexed - as the capital of a future state.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the United States announcement it will officially relocate its embassy to Jerusalem in May "a great day for the people of Israel".
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is reportedly being planned for mid-May.
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The news comes after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed off on a security plan for the move this week.
The Palestinian Authority responded in anger to the news, and said "unilateral" moves will not contribute to achieving peace between the Palestinians and Israel. Pence and Kushner, who Trump has put in charge of the Middle East peace process, have demanded the embassy be moved quickly, while Tillerson has argued for more time to ensure the safety of us citizens.
Adelson offered to help fund the embassy back in December, around the same time Trump made his controversial announcement. "Jerusalem was the right thing to do".
Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, wait for the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.
Adelson is a strong supporter of both Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and owns a pro-Netanyahu newspaper in Israel.
Palestinian health officials said at least 20 Palestinians, majority in Gaza, have been killed in protests against Trump's decision since the December 6 announcement.