JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 8, 2018: A road sign indicating the direction of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Sergey Orlov/TASS (Photo by Sergey Orlov\TASS via Getty Images)

Trump Admin Merges Jerusalem Consulate Into U.S. Embassy in Blow to Palestinians

The State Department announced Thursday that it would bring its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians under the auspices of the US Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, marking an implicit downgrading of the facility’s status and a fresh blow to its already strained ties with the Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the media with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) following talks at the Chancellery on April 19, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. /President-elect Donald Trump looks on as French businessman Bernard Arnault, chief executive officer of LVMH, speak to reporters at Trump Tower, January 9, …

Abbas Suggests Trump’s Jerusalem Move Put Him in the Hospital

TEL AVIV – Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas blamed his most recent hospitalization on President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the subsequent opening of the U.S. embassy there earlier this month.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes during their meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on May 21, 2018. - Paraguay followed the US and Guatemala to inaugurate its new embassy in Jerusalem on May 21. (Photo by Sebastian Scheiner / POOL …

Paraguay Becomes Third Country in a Week to Open Embassy in Jerusalem

TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes as a “true friend of Israel” as he opened his country’s embassy in Jerusalem this week, becoming the third country after the U.S. and Guatemala to relocate its mission to the capital.