Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner to attend embassy opening in Jerusalem

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By Middle East Affairs

Israeli officials confirmed Sunday that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, daughter and son-in-law respectively to U.S. President Donald Trump, will represent the United States during the opening ceremony of the American Embassy in Jerusalem.

The official told Haaretz that American senators and members of the House of Representatives will also attend.

The embassy will open May 14 on Israel’s 70th Independence Day. It will be temporarily located in a building that handles consular affairs in the Arnona neighborhood. The permanent embassy site may take years to find or construct.

According to Haaretz, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said last month that he would seek an exemption from planning regulations so that the consulate could be upgraded in time for the American Embassy to make its transition there.

Trump announced in December he would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move which shocked the global community. Most countries refuse to recognize Jerusalem as either Israeli or Palestinian territory and insist the two states should negotiate it among themselves. Israel claims the entire city, while Palestine views the eastern side as its future capital.

Guatemala announced shortly after that it would make the same move, and last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said several other unnamed countries were coming forward to say they planned the same. He told foreign diplomats that Israel would give prioritization to the first 10 countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem, without specifying what that would entail.

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