US Embassy's Move in Israel Draws Criticism from Around the World

World       by Dawood Rehman | Published

The move has incensed Palestinians, who say the US move jeopardizes their claim of eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Netanyahu thanked Trump for having the courage to keep your promises.

Kennedy praised Trump for following through on his promise to move the embassy and said the president should "be able to pick who says the invocation for that event".

He said the move of the US embassy in Jerusalem means the United States should no longer try to serve as an intermediary in the Middle East peace process.

Thousands had earlier marched through central Istanbul to denounce the bloodshed as the USA moved its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in defiance of widespread outrage in the Islamic world.

Trump administration officials have said their peace plan, whose chief architects are the President's son-in-law, Mr Jared Kushner, and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, is almost complete.

"Last December president Trump became the first world leader to recognize Jerusalem as our capital, today the United States of America opened right here in Jerusalem".

Palestinian protesters chant slogans as they burn tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on Monday. They mark the culmination of a campaign, led by Hamas and fueled by despair among Gaza's 2 million people, to break the decade-old border blockade of the territory imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

"Our greatest hope is for peace", he said despite the Palestinian anger the move has provoked.

"By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction", Pence said.

Israel has defended its actions, saying troops were defending its border.

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When asked by journalists about the USA stance on the rising death toll, the highest in one day since the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah responded by saying that "We believe Hamas bears the responsibility".

The opening of the new embassy in Jerusalem coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel.

"Events in Gaza are very serious, painful and hard but I must say one thing, in all fairness", the leader, Isaac Herzog, said in a radio interview.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognized by the global community.

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.

Ankara earlier on Monday accused the US of sharing responsibility with Israel over the deaths in Gaza.

"Israel has the right to defend itself".

"If it were me, it would be a radically different panel", said Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida, in an interview on CNN.

To deny that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is as silly as denying that Paris is the capital of France.

"With tensions high and more demonstrations expected in the coming days, it is imperative that everyone show the utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life, including ensuring that all civilians and particularly children are not put in harm's way", said the Deputy UN Spokesperson.

But confusingly, Mr Trump has also said he has taken the issue "off the table".

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