Israel closes Gaza border crossing damaged by Palestinians

"We urge global leaders to respect worldwide law and humanitarian values and principles and not participate in tomorrow's opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in occupied Jerusalem; rather, they should assume an active stand against the unlawful measure and defend the global rule of law and justice by holding Israel to account with punitive measures and sanctions". "Should there be someday a Palestinian state, if they want part of Jerusalem, someday they'll find an agreement, but for now, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel", he adds.

He tells ABC's "This week" that "if you're not prepared to recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that's where the American Embassy should be, then you're operating on a completely different wavelength".

As their bus drove past the compound, the journalists took photos of workers planting flowers in the area and paired Israeli and American flags fluttering from electricity poles.

Israel captured east Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Mideast war. Among them 4 members Europe: Austria, Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary - the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Israel.

Ambassador Friedman is to preside over the dedication, scheduled for Monday, May 14, the secular date of Israel's 70th anniversary and the day after Jerusalem Reunification Day.

Israel Police have been laying the groundwork for security during the embassy move since the date was announced by the White House three months ago, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a call with reporters.

"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".


Republican Lindsey Graham's office said he will be among a delegation of senators, including Senator Ted Cruz, who will attend the opening ceremony and meet Israeli officials about "counter-terrorism and national security issues".

The celebration of America's historic embassy move, from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital of Jerusalem, began Sunday with a large delegation led by President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law. "Who is Trump to come and say Jerusalem is Israel?"

Underscoring the conflict's volatility, thousands of Gaza residents plan to march on Monday toward Israel's border and possibly breach it in an attempt to break a decade-old blockade of their territory. The US decision is perceived as ignoring the Palestinians' presence and historical ties to the ancient city, which is holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians. "It is still unclear how long it will take to fix and replace the necessary parts".

A day after the embassy opening, Palestinians mourn the loss of their land, which they refer to as Nakba ("catastrophe") - another stark reminder to many Palestinians that their dream of statehood is fading away.

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

Needless to say, the Palestinian Authority had its own "strongly worded message" for the block.


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