Tensions flare as Israel welcomes United States delegation for embassy opening


Israel is preparing a series of festivities to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, a move that has ignited Palestinian protests.

And although Donald Trump is fulfilling his election promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem, he also promised a peace accord between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem is not recognised internationally and, according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, the final status of Jerusalem is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

Mr Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital broke with decades of U.S. neutrality on the issue and put it out of step with most of the worldwide community.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser believes that relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem will "make it easier" to arrive at an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

The embassy is being relocated from Tel Aviv after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that overturned decades of USA foreign policy. He promised to move the American Embassy to Israel and he is doing so.

In 2016, Jerusalem was home to nearly 883,000 people, 62 percent of them Jews and non-Arabs and 38 percent Palestinians.

For Israelis, Sunday was Jerusalem Day, an annual celebration of the "reunification" of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War.

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Liberman chose to close the Kerem Shalom crossing on the Gaza Strip from Sunday until further notice after protesters set various locations on its Palestinian side on fire during Friday's protests, Jerusalem Post reported.

Palestinians consider the eastern part of the city as their capital.

In Jordan, dozens of Palestinians waving flags and chanting slogans joined "nakba" protests in an area near the Israeli-controlled frontier between the West Bank and the kingdom.

"There continues to be real anger among Palestinians" over Trump's decision, the CBC's Derek Stoffel said from Jerusalem. That's because both Israel and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital - which is why many countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

They take place at a time of growing frustration over the prospects for an independent Palestinian state. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

Over the years, a few countries set up embassies in Jerusalem and then left it again.

Kicking off the festivities, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hosting a reception on Sunday at the Foreign Affairs ministry for some 800 invitees, including 40 ambassadors.

The protest came just three days ahead of what the leader of Gaza's ruling Hamas group has said will be a march by tens of thousands who could burst through the border fence into Israel. "The United States has no greater partner than Israel", he said.