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Hamas Chief Visits Cairo a Day Before US Relocates Embassy to Jerusalem

14 May, 2018, 04:19 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Arab terrorist cuts barbed wire during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip

"I think that the reluctance always before - because as has been pointed out, several previous presidents committed to move the embassy to Jerusalem - I think the hesitation has been, that it would end any prospect of an agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis", Gates told "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan.

Although Trump has said his declaration does not set the final borders of the city, his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has been perceived by both Israel and the Palestinians as taking Israel's side in the most sensitive issue in their conflict.

In Gaza, a strip of land Israel has blockaded for a decade, tens of thousands of people are anticipated to gather for protests along the perimeter fence.

Israel says it will not tolerate a breach and will defend its border and nearby communities.

Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Islamic Resistance Movement.

Israeli snipers have killed dozens and wounded more than 1,700 when firing on demonstrators in past rallies, according to Gazan health officials.




The club announced in a statement that "The chairmen of the club, the owner Eli Tabib and the executive manager Eli Ohana have chose to add to the club's title the name of the American President who made history, and from now on will be called Beitar Trump Jerusalem".

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".

The EU mission in Israel tweeted on Friday that the bloc would "respect the worldwide consensus on Jerusalem ... including on the location of their diplomatic representations until the final status of Jerusalem is resolved".

On May 14, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv /East Talpiyot, United States Embassy will officially open. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush made the same pledge to move the embassy to Jerusalem on the campaign trail, only to abandon it after winning the White House.

The move prompted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to halt ties with the Trump administration, declaring it unfit to remain in its role as the sole mediator in peace talks. "Today's move of the U.S. embassy gives life to a religious conflict instead of a dignified peace". It was not clear when the delivery of consumer goods by trucks would resume, said an army spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, adding that six trucks with medical supplies entered Gaza on Sunday.

Ivanka, a presidential adviser, and her husband, Jared Kushner, were expected to attend a gala dinner on Sunday evening ahead of the event on Monday which is due to start at 4pm local time. He sent a statement ahead of Monday's ceremony that called the move illegal and an obstacle to "a just and lasting peace between two sovereign and democratic states".

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