(FOX News) - The U.S. Embassy in Israel officially opens on Monday in Jerusalem – a location which has been at the epicenter of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, as both claim the holy city as their capital – coinciding with the nation’s 70th anniversary.
“It is a historic moment,” Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, told Maria Bartiromo during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “We need to celebrate it, and we intend to celebrate it. We are grateful for President Trump for finally – many presidents promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem. He’s delivering, he’s doing it.”
Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, along with the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and annexed the city in a move not recognized by the international community. The population of the Old City, as it’s known, is about 883,000, nearly 38% of which are Palestinian.
The move from Tel Aviv comes five months after Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a decision that sparked protests from Palestinians.
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