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Netanyahu to discuss Trump attendance at Jerusalem embassy’s opening

Courtesy WhiteHouse.gov

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will raise the prospect of President Trump attending the United States embassy opening in Jerusalem when the two leaders meet on Monday, Agence France-Presse reported Sunday.

“I’ll definitely discuss with him that possibility,” said Netanyahu, as reported by the news outlet.


“I’m very grateful to him for this historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the American embassy to Jerusalem on our independence day.”

Netanyahu, who has repeatedly praised Trump since he took office, will speak to the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s policy conference while in Washington.

Trump last year officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced plans to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, a move that ended decades of international norms. The new outpost is slated to open in May.

The new embassy will open in a temporary location in Jerusalem while the U.S. searches for a permanent site.

The announcement angered European Union officials and Arab leaders in the Middle East who argued Trump’s move hurts peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. 

East Jerusalem was captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War and was not part of the original lines drawn for Israel in 1949. Many in the international community see this part of the city as occupied territory, while Palestinians claim it as the capital of a future independent state.

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