Commenting on the issue, the majority of regional states and a number of Western countries said that the US move contradicted international resolutions and did not fall within the framework of previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.
The event was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the declaration of the state of Israel, made on May 14, 1948.
The Israeli army has recently deployed reinforcements along the Gaza and West Bank borders in anticipation of escalation of the ongoing violent protests and attempts to penetrate the borders in the run-up to the so-called Nakba Day on Tuesday — the day that commemorates the the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian exodus that occurred as a result of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948.
The embassy’s opening ceremony started at 04:00 p.m. local time (13:00 GMT). The US delegation included hundreds of people — congressmen, religious leaders and officials. US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, presidential adviser and Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner also attended the event.
“Today we dedicated the new #USEmbassyJerusalem, a longtime promise to the American & Israeli people. As Jared shared today ‘While many Presidents before him have backed down from their pledge… this President delivered. Because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it’,” Ivanka said on Twitter.
Israel’s top leadership, including Prime…