Meretz to boycott opening of US embassy in J'lem

Party head Tamar Zandberg says her faction will not attend next week's festive opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

MK Tamar Zandberg
MK Tamar Zandberg
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Citing its opposition to "unilateral moves", the leftist Meretz faction will not attend next week's festive opening ceremony for the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

"I really want to see all the embassies in Jerusalem, and I want to see Jerusalem recognized by the world as the capital of Israel within recognized and safe borders. I want to see Jerusalem recognized by the world as the capital of Israel," Meretz Chairman Tamar Zandberg told the IDC Herzliya Conference on Thursday.

"We simply can not celebrate unilateral moves whose potential for danger is so significant. "

According to Zandberg, "Past experience shows us that unilateral steps do not remove an issue from the table, but on the contrary, complicate it further, and while Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is an undeniable fact, peace is not."

The embassy will be inaugurated on May 14 and will include a US delegation led by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, and will include US Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman, Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, and US Special Representative Jason Greenblatt.

Trump announced the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel's capital of Jerusalem in December. Other nations set to follow the US in opening embassies in Jerusalem this month are Guatemala and Paraguay.








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