The United States, under the direction of President Donald Trump, officially moved the United States embassy to Israel to the city of Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The move is controversial globally and in the region.
Jerusalem, a city west of the Dead Sea, remains a place of pilgrimage and worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims for over 2,000 years. Ownership of the area is also in dispute.
When Israel declared independence in 1948, Jerusalem was besieged, and so the city of Tel Aviv, a city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, served as provisional capital for the nation. The armistice at the fighting’s end in 1949 divided Jerusalem between Israel and Jordan.
While the Israeli government maintains it’s national government offices in Jerusalem, foreign nations kept their embassies in Tel Aviv.
However, Trump changed that in 2017 when he decided to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem.
Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, represented the White House to officially open the embassy.
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.” pic.twitter.com/4iNdozAiRF
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 14, 2018
What look like vacation photos, with Ivanka posing for selfies with foreign leaders, sparked some outrage back home however.
An early look at Tuesday’s front… pic.twitter.com/ZAK1Vk5ACW
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 15, 2018
While Ivanka and Jared posed for selfies, Palestinians clashed with the Israeli military leading to over 50 deaths. The New York Daily News criticized the president’s daughter for smiling for the camera while people died not far away.