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U.S. Embassy In Tel Aviv Prepares A Monday Move To Jerusalem

The relocation of the embassy has sparked celebration and outrage. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital. No other countries have embassies there.
An American flag is designed in flowers near the entrance to the new American embassy in Jerusalem which is scheduled to open on Monday. It is a controversial move. Source: Spencer Platt

Come Monday, Jerusalem will be the official home of the U.S. embassy to Israel.

Near the office, American and Israeli flags line the streets. New road signs, written in Hebrew, Arabic and English, point the way to the embassy. The Friends of Zion Museum have plastered buildings and buses with more than 150 billboards in support of President Trump. And on Twitter, the Tel Aviv handle @USEmbassyTA has gone dormant and @usembassyjlm has taken its place.

The U.S. because of its contested status — both Israelis and Palestinians see the ancient city as their capital. For decades, U.S. policy refrained from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital until Israelis and Palestinians settled the matter in a peace agreement.

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