New U.S. Embassy prepares to open in Jerusalem - – Rockford’s News Leader

New U.S. Embassy prepares to open in Jerusalem

(NBC) -

Preparations are underway for the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

The embassy is moving from Tel Aviv in line with President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The new embassy will open with an initial staff of at least 50. Around 800 guests are expected to attend the opening.

Officials say the U.S. delegation doesn't plan to meet any Palestinian officials during their visit.

Initial embassy staff will include Ambassador David Friedman's aides and U.S. consular officers already working at the site.

The embassy is opening in part of a pre-existing American visa-and-passport facility with a fraction of the total U.S. personnel in Israel.

The officials weren't authorized to be identified by name and briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

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