US Embassy that way: New road signs go up in Jerusalem

Palestinian Olympic Committee condemns Arab participants in bike event which kicked off in Jerusalem.

Two days later, Guatemala will inaugurate its new embassy in Jerusalem's Malha Technological Park, in the presence of President Jimmy Morales.

After starting in Jerusalem, the 21-day race continued over the weekend from Haifa to Tel Aviv and from Be'er Sheva to Eilat in the south. Some 176 cyclists from 22 teams are participating in the event which is now set to continue in Italy where it will wrap up in the capital, Rome. It must be noted that the decision has been universally condemned.

Cyclist race to the finish line of the 2nd stage of the Giro d'Italia, one of the most prestigious road cycling races in the world, in Tel Aviv, on May 5, 2018. Bracket said in a statement posted on the municipality's website. The last round of peace talks on a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip collapsed in 2014. The Palestinian leadership and most of the global community consider East Jerusalem as occupied territory and the future capital of a sovereign Palestinian state.

Full details of Trump's plan are expected to be unveiled shortly after the embassy move. "National ambition and fulfilling a vision has a price", he said.

"The Jerusalem launch inevitably means Israel's dismal human rights record is going to be in the spotlight".

Erekat said that this move is not only illegal but will also thwart the achievement of a just and lasting peace between two sovereign and democratic states on the 1967 borders, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security.

The Palestinians want their own state with a capital in East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordanian control in the 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognized overseas.

Surprisingly the worldwide community, including the United States administration, does not recognise Israel's jurisdiction and ownership of Jerusalem.

  • Tracy Klein