August 21, 2018

US Delegation For Embassy Opening, Led By Ivanka Trump Arrives In Israel

14 May 2018, 02:31 | Darnell Patrick

Israeli army warplanes hit Gaza strip

Ivanka Trump Has 'Great Joy' Going to Jerusalem Embassy Opening on Monday

Trump's decision in December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital ignited months of protests in the Palestinian territories.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who also serve as the President's advisers, landed at Ben-Gurion airport, southeast of Tel Aviv, on Sunday with dignitaries from Washington in tow. The new embassy is due to open on Monday.

In just over a year of presidency, President Trump has managed to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, cut funding to reward terrorists, create a supporting stage for Israel in the United Nations, challenging every anti-Semitic resolution that comes up, and as said, he is the first president that held up to his promise about moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Guatemala and Paraguay plan to move their embassies to Jerusalem later this month.

The presidents of Guatemala and Paraguay are also set to attend; both countries chose to move their embassies to Jerusalem after Mr Trump made his announcement. The weekly protests along the Israel-Gaza border are expected to culminate on Monday in parallel with the celebrations in Jerusalem.

A Palestinian man plants an olive tree during a protest against Jewish settlements and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank May 13, 2018.

Monday's opening of the US Embassy in contested Jerusalem, cheered by Israelis as a historic validation, is seen by Palestinians as an in-your-face affirmation of pro-Israel bias by President Donald Trump and a new blow to dreams of statehood.

Hundreds of Palestinians who have been protesting the embassy move marched through the streets of Gaza on Saturday carrying the body of a protester shot by Israeli troops. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the global community.

"Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible approximately 650 times", Netanyahu said.

"It's been the capital of our state for the past 70 years".

Israeli forces planned major security deployments.

According to Rosenfeld, over 1,000 police officers have been deployed in and around the Arnona neighborhood where the relocated embassy is set to be opened.

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Israel's army said it would nearly double the number of troops surrounding the Gaza Strip and in the occupied West Bank.

In an area east of Gaza City, protesters burned tires, releasing large plumes of black smoke, and threw stones.

"It is not a provocation".

"We will place a million martyrs on this land until, God willing, we liberate it", Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas, vowed this weekend.

"They kill their own".

There were already tensions in the weeks before the embassy move.

A high-ranking delegation of Gaza's Hamas rulers headed Sunday to Egypt, amid diplomatic efforts aimed at containing the mass rally.

His decision to move operations from Tel Aviv angered Palestinians.

Pompeo tells "Fox News Sunday" that the US still hopes to be able to "achieve a successful outcome" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In the meantime, Abbas vows to reject any U.S. proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, arguing that there's nothing to talk about because of the USA policy shift on Jerusalem and its failure to rein in Israeli settlement expansion on lands sought for a Palestinian state.

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