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US envoy won't take part in J'lem Day Staff
EU countries turn down ceremony invitation due to e. J'lem conflict.
The United States Ambassador in Israel, Richard Jones, will not be participating in Jerusalem Day festivities, Israel Radio reported on Sunday. European Union representatives decided to boycott this week's Jerusalem Day ceremony marking 40 years since the capital was retaken, Army Radio reported Earlier Sunday. Germany's ambassador in Israel, speaking for all EU countries, rejected Israel's invitation to participate in the event due to the conflict over east Jerusalem's position as part of Israel's capital. Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Yaacov Edri said he was surprised it was particularly Germany that was urging other the countries not to participate. He said that the EU countries had no obligation to come, but expressed hope that at least some of the countries would make an effort to send representatives to the Knesset ceremony.
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