IS­RAEL, US CEL­E­BRATE OPEN­ING OF EM­BASSY

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2Is­rael launched cel­e­bra­tions on Sun­day for the U.S. Em­bassy’s re­lo­ca­tion to Jerusalem, a move whose break with world con­sen­sus was un­der­scored by the ab­sence of most en­voys to the coun­try from a re­cep­tion hosted by Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu. Mon­day’s slated open­ing of the new em­bassy fol­lows Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s recog­ni­tion in De­cem­ber of Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal, a de­ci­sion he said ful­filled decades of pol­icy pledges in Wash­ing­ton and for­mal­ized re­al­i­ties on the ground. The Pales­tini­ans, who want their own fu­ture state with its cap­i­tal in east Jerusalem, have been out­raged by Trump’s shift from pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions’ pref­er­ence for keep­ing the U.S. Em­bassy in Tel Aviv pend­ing progress in peace ef­forts. Those talks have been frozen since 2014. Other ma­jor pow­ers worry that the U.S. move could in­flame Pales­tinian un­rest in the oc­cu­pied West Bank and on the Gaza Strip bor­der, where Is­rael re­in­forced troops in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the em­bassy open­ing. Most coun­tries say Jerusalem’s sta­tus should be de­ter­mined in a fi­nal peace set­tle­ment, and say mov­ing their em­bassies now would pre­judge any such deal.

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