Gaza tense ahead of United States embassy move today

Leroy Wright
May 14, 2018

Even though the United States has repeatedly declared that its decision says nothing about the capital's final borders, the decision has been interpreted both in Israel and overseas as ratifying Benjamin Netanyahu's aggressive approach, which centers around an effort to humiliate the Palestinians and destroy any slim chance that still remains of advancing the peace process.

Both arrived in Israel on Sunday.

At least 49 Palestinians were killed and more than 8000 others injured by Israeli soldiers since the rallies started in late March.

Israel seized East Jerusalem, together with the rest of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Middle East war.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gathered 1,000 guests for a celebratory event on the ministry grounds on Sunday.

"We're not going to preview elements of the plan because no one is going to like everything in it-so anything you reveal is going to make someone angry because it will not be in context", the administration official said, explaining that the Trump administration is being extremely sensitive to both sides.

The few foreign embassies built in West Jerusalem moved to the less controversial beachfront city of Tel Aviv. He came to Israel back in 1962, and he says President Donald Trump's decision to move the embassy was the greatest gift America could give to Israel.

"It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", Trump declared on December 6, saying that he hoped the move could spur renewed peace negotiations.

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"People have been waiting for 70 years for this to happen".

US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said at the welcoming ceremony that Trump's decision to relocate the embassy was "essential to creating a roadmap for peace in the region".

Most European countries have slammed Trump's move as not in line with global consensus, preferring to wait on recognizing the city until the status of Jerusalem is finalized in talks with the Palestinians.

Israeli police said several people were forcibly removed and questioned.

Israel's army said it would nearly double the number of troops surrounding the Gaza Strip and in the occupied West Bank. The status of the city - home to sites holy to the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions - is one of the biggest obstacles to reaching a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ambassador David Friedman, who will preside over Monday's dedication ceremony, told reporters, "We are extremely proud of the fact that we have been able to open the embassy, as the president likes to say, ahead of schedule and under budget". In the decades since 1967, worldwide consensus has been that the city's status must be negotiated between the two sides, but Trump broke with that to global outrage.

He added that Bin Laden had declared the United States "the first enemy of the Muslims, and swore that it will not dream of security until it is lived in reality in Palestine, and until all the armies of disbelief leave the land of Muhammad".

Workers prepare the stage for the opening ceremony of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem on May 13, 2018.

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