Jerusalem Soccer Club Embraces Trump Name Eschewed by Others

Ivanka Trump Has 'Great Joy' Going to Jerusalem Embassy Opening on Monday

A sign notes the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

"I think we're gonna make progress", Friedman said in an interview Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, only one day ahead of the widely-anticipated USA embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Beitar Jerusalem, one of Israel's most popular soccer teams, wants to change its name in a gesture of appreciation to US President Donald Trump who, "in a courageous move, recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel".

The delegation is being led by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.

Monday's ceremony - which takes place on the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring its independence - for now means moving the ambassador and a small staff to the US consular compound in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona and rededicating the building as the American Embassy. Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and claimed the whole city as its capital, but Palestinians believe that the capital of an independent state of theirs belongs in East Jerusalem.

Several prominent political figures took part in Friday's rally, including Mohamed Zayoud, the head of the Islamic Action Front Party.

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Still, the US move has spurred other nations to follow suit. Only Guatemala and Paraguay have followed suit in announcing embassy moves to the holy city. To the contrary, some Muslim nations appear to have softened their opposition to Israel. "Until the Palestinians reconcile under one flag, there will never be peace".

They take place at a time of growing frustration over the prospects for an independent Palestinian state.

Still, there is unrest in the region as the date for the embassy move draws near.

Hamas has signalled that large crowds, numbering perhaps in the thousands, might try to break through the border fence to realize the "right of return" to homes lost in 1948. "We are going for an worldwide process and not for an American process", he said, adding that Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman, Mr Trump's three confidants on the Middle East conflict, are "not relevant" for the Palestinians anymore.

Iranian forces in Syria sent rockets into the occupied Golan Heights, and Israel has launched missile strikes against Iranian military installations in Syria.

The EU mission in Israel tweeted on Friday that the bloc would "respect the global consensus on Jerusalem ... including on the location of their diplomatic representations until the final status of Jerusalem is resolved". The new embassy is due to open on Monday.

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For Trump, the embassy transfer represents a campaign promise kept.

The move also reflects the stated intent of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which called on Washington to move the embassy to Jerusalem. President Trump has remained a strong Friend of Zion. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of he was not authorized to discuss the issue with reporters, estimated the damage at about $10 million.

Sheldon Adelson, the chairman and CEO of casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp., and Miriam Adelson visited Trump at the White House on Wednesday afternoon.

The U.S. Embassy move "gives life to a religious conflict instead of a dignified peace", it said in a statement. "You deserve a better future", the leaflets said. Israel has said it would prevent a breach at any cost.

He tells ABC's "This week" that "if you're not prepared to recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that's where the American Embassy should be, then you're operating on a completely different wavelength".

Saeb Erekat of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Negotiations Affairs Department disputes that.

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