Israel to boost Gaza border, West Bank forces for USA embassy move

Israel to boost Gaza border, West Bank forces for USA embassy move

Israel to boost Gaza border, West Bank forces for USA embassy move

Monday's opening of the US Embassy in contested Jerusalem, cheered by Israelis as a historic validation, is seen by Palestinians as an in-your-face affirmation of pro-Israel bias by President Donald Trump and a new blow to dreams of statehood.

"Rejecting Trump's policy and afterward rejecting Trump himself would open the door for change", Shaath told reporters as he led a field trip to the embassy site last week.

His decision to move operations from Tel Aviv angered Palestinians.

Fraser Valley residents have an opportunity to mark the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba - "Catastrophe" - on Tuesday, May 15 with a candlelight vigil in Abbotsford.

"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".

Trump announced his decision on Jerusalem in December, triggering a joyous reaction from Netanyahu's nationalist government.

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".

Security is tight in Jerusalem as U.S. guests arrive as the region braces for protests against the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem.

Part of the U.S. Consulate building on Monday will become the embassy, which now is in Tel Aviv.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to protest along the Gaza border Monday, with the strip's Islamist rulers Hamas voicing support in recent days for attempts to breach the fence into Israel.

Mr Kushner is set to meet Israel's prime minister on Sunday afternoon, according to the local press.

Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on a visit to Israel has apologized for remarks she made about Jews in the past.

This event was attended by ambassadors of the European Union countries, but only diplomats of Austria, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic responded to the invitation.

Why is the move so controversial?

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Since 1967, Israel has built a dozen settlements, home to about 200,000 Jews, in East Jerusalem. The move has sparked strong worldwide condemnation and comes as tensions grow between Israel and Iran.

Palestine claims Jerusalem as the capital of a state it will establish in the future.

Media captionWhy the city of Jerusalem mattersWhy is the situation so tense?

There were already tensions in the weeks before the embassy move.

Israel closed a main border crossing with the Gaza Strip and destroyed a Hamas militant tunnel on Saturday, a day after renewed violence between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces on the edge of the coastal enclave.

Israel has vowed to use the necessary force to prevent any breach on Monday and has accused Hamas of using the protests as a pretext to carry out attacks.

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