President Donald Trump will deliver a video address around 800 US and Israeli dignitaries at the ceremonial opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem by video on Monday, the US ambassador said.
Trump had been toying with flying to Israel for the second time in his presidency to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, over the last several weeks, much to the surprise of Israeli officials who were unprepared for a potential presidential visit.
It was not immediately clear from Ambassador David Friedman comment, on a call with reporters, whether Trump would speak via a live videolink or a pre-recorded address.
The ambassador said staff at the Tel Aviv mission had just marked its last day as an embassy and some of them would turn up for work on Monday at the Jerusalem embassy, which would host an opening ceremony later that day.
"People will be coming back to work as the embassy branch of the Jerusalem embassy, and I think we're all very happy and excited to be participating in such a historic event," Friedman said.
Among the administration members attending are Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump.