Ivanka Trump Preparing the Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

14 May, 2018, 13:18 | Author: Carlos George
  • Image      Donald Trump is glorified on the streets of Jerusalem

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.

The 2012 candidate spoke Sunday at a Jewish-Christian Bible study session in Israel's parliament.

The IDF has described the protests in the border region during the past several weeks as "a violent riot", asserting that protesters have thrown Molotov cocktails and rocks at its soldiers, opened fire on them, set tires on fire and attempted to pass into Israel's borders.

Jerusalem is considered holy to three of the world's major religions, and Palestinians have long sought to have East Jerusalem serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

For Israelis, Sunday is Jerusalem Day, an annual celebration of the "reunification" of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War. But the decision angered much of the Middle East, including US allies, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responded by breaking off all contact with the Trump administration.

Netanyahu went on to explain why he believes other nations should also bring their embassies to Jerusalem, urging them: "Move your embassies to Jerusalem because it's the right thing to do".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - bolstered in recent days by Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal - opened a special cabinet meeting at Jerusalem's Bible Lands Museum by again lauding the embassy move.

"If you're not prepared to recognise that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that's where the American embassy should be, then you're operating on a completely different wavelength".

A worker is seen inside the new U.S. embassy compound during preparations for its opening ceremony in Jerusalem
Image Mr Trump announced the move in December and the embassy opens on Monday

The official spokesman of the Palestinian government, Youssef Al-Mahmoud, has called on the countries around the world that believe in freedom, peace and stability as well as those who do care of upholding the resolutions of global legitimacy to declare East Jerusalem the capital of the State of Palestine. "Thank you for making the alliance between Israel and the United States stronger than ever", he said.

Three additional infantry brigades will be deployed next week, two around the Gaza Strip and one in the West Bank, army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters on Saturday.

Festivities surrounding the opening of the new USA embassy building in Jerusalem kicked off in "grand fashion" over the weekend and will spill into Monday afternoon when U.S, Israeli, and global diplomats gather to formally open the new embassy building, according to senior administration officials.

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

As the Jerusalem Post notes, making the switch might prove hard.

Friedman told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro that the Palestinian mood "will change over time because they will understand that the United States continues to extend its hand in peace and people need to focus on what's important, the quality of life, more infrastructure, more security, better hospitals".

"I think it will make it easier".

As is the case throughout the occupied West Bank, the expanding settlements are guarded by a constant Israeli military presence. It violates the global status quo in Israel's favor while ignoring the Palestinians' connection to Al-Quds, as they call Jerusalem.

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