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United States envoy sees peace hope after Israel embassy move

14 May 2018, 05:11 | Dawn Berry

Risk of Violence Gauged 'Minute by Minute' Leading to Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Known for his anti Muslim views the veteran left-winger Zeman would like the Czech embassy to move to Jerusalem too

They set alight a pipeline that delivers gas from Israel, torched a conveyor belt and damaged a fuel pipe.

Media captionWhy the city of Jerusalem mattersWhy is the situation so tense? Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital.

The latter three countries just blocked the European Union from putting out an official condemnation of the American embassy move to Jerusalem.

This year's celebration takes on added significance due to the embassy move the following day.

The annual march to the Western Wall included many hardline religious nationalists who oppose a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu delivered his remarks at an official reception at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs before an audience of American and Israeli guests.

The decision announced by US President Donald Trump in December has angered Palestinians, who view the eastern part of the city as the capital of their future state.

Though the USA embassy will now be in Jerusalem, the US ambassador will not yet work there permanently, The New York Times reported.

The Palestinian side has been disappointed by the Trump administration's move to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem.

He later spoke at a reception welcoming the U.S. delegation.

But Netanyahu insisted the embassy move is "the right thing to do" and ordered other countries to follow suit.

"It's been the capital of our state for the past 70 years".

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Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, official head of the USA delegation, thanked Netanyahu for his hospitality. The Israeli military said the crowd had grown violent and that troops were defending the border.

"I call on all countries to join the U.S. in moving their embassies to Jerusalem", Mr Netanyahu said, adding: "It's the right thing to do... because it advances peace".

Friedman in the past has been a supporter of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. This time it is with a well known, and some what infamous, Israeli soccer team.

"It is not a provocation".

The timing of the embassy move has led to concerns about increased tension in Gaza. No Israeli has been wounded since protests began on 30 March.

Palestinian health officials said a man and a teenager were killed by Israeli fire on Friday.

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.

A high-ranking delegation of Gaza's Hamas rulers headed to Egypt on Sunday, amid diplomatic efforts aimed at containing the mass rally. We are not taking a position on the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders.

"Hamas is spreading messages of its desire for a long-term cease-fire but actually digs terror tunnels into the territory of the State of Israel", said Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Twitter.

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.

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