Jerusalem embassy: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive for Monday opening

14 May, 2018, 05:02 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Jerusalem embassy: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive for Monday opening

Mr Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital broke with decades of USA neutrality on the issue and put it out of step with most of the global community.

Abbas says the USA must explicitly support a two-state solution, recognise east Jerusalem in principle as a Palestinian capital and allow other powers to join as mediators.

"President Trump promised to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and he did so".

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have arrived in Israel ahead of the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. The weekly protests along the Israel-Gaza border are expected to culminate on Monday in parallel to the celebrations in Jerusalem.

On the border with Gaza, Palestinians have also held protests as Israel prepares to mark 70 years since its creation, an event Palestinians call the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of them were displaced from their homes.

In honor of President Trump's historic decision to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem, the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club will be changing their name to Beitar Trump Jerusalem.

Other major powers worry that the USA move could now inflame Palestinian unrest in the occupied West Bank and on the Gaza Strip border, where Israel reinforced troops in anticipation of the embassy opening. Forty-two Palestinians have been killed and over 1,800 have been wounded by Israeli fire since weekly protests began on March 30. No Israelis have been injured.

Israeli officials said it could take weeks or months to fix the crossing.


Hamas governs the Gaza Strip, a densely populated coastal enclave that shares borders with Egypt and Israel, with which it has fought three wars since 2008. Sunday is observed as Jerusalem Day, marking 51 years since the miraculous liberation of Jordanian-occupied Jerusalem, in addition to all of Yehuda, Shomron and the Golan Heights.

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The status of Jerusalem goes to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Like Friedman, he has argued that it helps make peace possible by taking Jerusalem "off the table", but many have pointed out that he has not announced any concessions in return from Israel.

It has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover to attack the border, insisting it has a right to protect it.

Israel immediately annexed east Jerusalem - home to the city's most sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites - in a move that has not received global recognition.

On Sunday, scuffles broke out between Israelis and Muslim security officers in the holy compound in east Jerusalem's Old City.

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