USA embassy opens in Jerusalem amid lockdown

USA embassy opens in Jerusalem amid lockdown

Dan Shapiro, the US ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama, told CBS News foreign correspondent Seth Doane the embassy move could be a good thing, but only if it was paired with a promise of a USA embassy to a future Palestinian state in east Jerusalem as part of a two-state solution. "Thank you, President Trump, for having the courage to keep your promises".

The decision to recall ambassadors comes on the same day that a delegation of aides and Trump administration officials celebrated the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

The protests took place as the United States embassy was formally relocated to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, on the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel, amid formality and celebration that created an nearly surreal contrast to the violence raging barely 60km away.

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, also referred to the events, saying, "As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution".

The resolution also "underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations".

For Palestinian-Americans, the US decision to move its embassy has done away with the notion that the U.S.is a neutral observer in the conflict.

Palestinian protesters chant slogans as they burn tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on Monday. This is a staggering toll", said Sanders, who explained that: "Hamas violence does not justify Israel firing on unarmed protesters.

"May there be peace", Trump said.

Speaking with Radio Sputnik news analyst Bob Schlehuber, Soheir Asaad, a lawyer with Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, said that Israel's continued aggression toward Palestinians is in an effort to change the demographics of Israel and Jerusalem.

Israel says it has the right to defend its borders, protect its citizens and prevent illegal infiltration.


UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov reported to the Security Council previous year that Israel was flouting the demand for an end to settlements, while both parties were ignoring a call to stop provocation, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas addresses the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 14, 2018.

The White House has said the responsibility for the Gaza deaths "rests squarely with Hamas", the territory's ruling organisation which has been designed a terrorist group by the USA and EU.

President Tayyip Erdogan described the actions of the Israeli forces as a "genocide" and Israel as a "terrorist state".

But Senator Tim Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee, told Reuters that "most in the region view the US' position as we're no longer interested in playing the role to broker peace, and that just compounds a lot of despair and it's tragic".

"A great day for Israel!"

Trump, in a recorded message, said he remained committed to peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

"I don't think I want to give the president credit for a doctrine that governs all his foreign policy, much of which is very unpredictable and haphazard, not well-staffed", he said. He says the U.S. can no longer be considered a neutral broker in on-off Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and cannot have any future role.

He said Trump made good on his promise.

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