In Historic Move, US Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

Most EU ambassadors absent as Israel marks US embassy move

The ceremony took place amid ongoing protests known as the Great March of Return and riots against the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem.

Though US President Donald Trump did not go to Israel himself, sending his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner as part of a somewhat low-key delegation, he was clearly happy about the fulfillment of his campaign pledge to recognize Jerusalem as its capital.

Trump's recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December outraged Palestinians, who said the United States could no longer serve as an honest broker in any peace process with Israel.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the global community. Ten critical resolutions were issued in a single day, including language that condemned "acts of violence, destruction, harassment, provocation and incitement by Israeli settlers" in what the General Assembly called "Occupied Palestinian Territory". "The murder of Israeli civilians or deaths of the people of Gaza - each one of them is a desirable outcome for Hamas", Danon stated.

In a video address, Mr Trump affirmed the status quo at Jerusalem holy sites and said the USA was committed to facilitating a peace deal.

Monday also coincided with the dedication ceremony for the USA embassy.

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"Tragically, the US administration has chosen to side with Israel's exclusivist claims over a city that has for centuries been sacred to all faiths", the general delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation to the United States said.

Israel said it had a right to defend itself. Palestine has protested against the move vehemently, stressing that this decision endangered the future of the peace talks between the two Middle Eastern countries.

Ankara has also condemned the U.S. decision and called on the worldwide community to show some reaction to the deadly events in the Gaza Strip.

Pakistan has noted with grave concern that despite calls by the worldwide community to comply with UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the two-state solution, U.S. is moving its Embassy to the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Turkey on Monday said the USA shared responsibility with Israel for the "massacre" along the Gaza border. Protests also took place on the West Bank, where the focus was the embassy move. Nothing", said Gilady. "I believe the majority of the people on the other side are like you and [me]. They are in their seventh week of protests. On this important anniversary, it's fitting that the USA finally open an embassy in Israel's self-determined capital. The demonstrators were also taking part in a march demanding their right to return to their homeland. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the US move flouted global law.

Washington has not asked Israel to initiate peace moves in exchange for the embassy relocation, U.S. Ambassador David Friedman told reporters on Friday: "There was no give and take with Israel with regard to this decision".

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