The US State Department said on Friday that the United States is planning to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May.
Palestinian Hamas' spokesman Abdel Latif al-Qanoua criticized on Saturday the decision، saying it would not legitimize the actions of occupier Israel and change the historical status and identity of Jerusalem.
The decision is a flagrant violation of international law، he added.
US president Trump administration will open a small U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem in May to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence، a State Department official said Friday.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson approved preliminary security plans for a limited contingent، including the ambassador، David Friedman، and a skeleton staff، to move into a section of the American Consulate in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem، said Steven Goldstein، the under-secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.