Jerusalem embassy move does not settle 'contested borders,' U.S. says

The embassy move comes during tense times, when the prospects for peace - and especially final status negotiations - are nowhere in site.

May 12, 2018 00:50
1 minute read.

U.S. Embassy roadsigns go up in Jerusalem, May 7, 2018 (Reuters)

U.S. Embassy roadsigns go up in Jerusalem, May 7, 2018 (Reuters)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is not a judgment on the final status of the city and its "contested borders," the State Department said in a statement on Friday.

The US statement comes ahead of a dedication ceremony at the new embassy on Monday, timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence. Palestinians will mark "Nakba Day" shortly thereafter and plan on protesting the US move.

"Moving our embassy is not a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace deal," the State Department note said. "Rather, it is a necessary condition for it. We are not taking a position on final status issues, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders."

Hundreds of guests will attend the opening event, including the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman; the daughter and son-in-law of the president, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin; and Jason Greenblatt, the US special representative for international negotiations.

The note also says that Trump continues to support the status quo arrangement on the Temple Mount, or Haram al-Sharif.

"Consulate General Jerusalem will continue to operate as an independent mission with an unchanged mandate responsible for U.S. relations with the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority," it reads. "The administration is firmly committed to pursuing a lasting and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians that promises a brighter future for both."

The statement also follows a policy reversal in the State Department's country report on Israel and the Palestinian Territories, in which it dropped the qualifier "occupied" when referring to the West Bank and Gaza.

Nakba Day, which commemorates the Palestinian experience that came with the establishment of the state of Israel, will be marked this year on May 15, the day after the embassy dedication. A "day of rage" has been called for both days. This will follow 6 weeks of protests on the Gaza border, in which dozens of Palestinians have been shot and killed by IDF forces while taking part in demonstrations.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand at attention next to Japan's Emperor
May 27, 2019
Trump meets Japanese emperor on state visit overshadowed by trade