Israel prepares for inauguration of United States embassy in Jerusalem

  • Israel prepares for inauguration of United States embassy in Jerusalem

Israel prepares for inauguration of United States embassy in Jerusalem

But one of the Hamas participants, Khalil al-Hayya, said there were no breakthroughs and the march would go on as planned. Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza.

Hamas is urging tens of thousands of people to join Monday's protest and has indicated large numbers of protesters may breach the border.

Abbas, a staunch opponent of violence, hasn't offered an alternative to statehood through negotiations with Israel or found a world power willing to challenge Washington.

The ambassador said staff at the Tel Aviv mission had just marked its last day as an embassy and some of them will turn up for work tomorrow at the Jerusalem embassy, which will host an opening ceremony later that day. Revelers sang, danced and waved Israeli flags. Marchers have thrown stones and burned tires at the fence and flown flaming kites over it to try to set Israeli fields on fire.

Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city's holy sites.

On Sunday evening, Israel will celebrate Jerusalem Day, marking 51 years since the city was reunited.

Nationalist Israelis view the day as a holiday marking the unification of the city under Israeli control.

The new embassy will operate temporarily from the U.S. Consulate compound, which is partially located in the old no man's land and partially in west Jerusalem.

In late November 1947, the newly formed United Nations voted to partition the former British mandate of Palestine, giving over half to the new state of Israel and the remainder to the indigenous Palestinians.

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.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move not recognised internationally. Guatemala and Paraguay plan to move their embassies to Jerusalem later this month.

Thousands of Palestinians are expected to protest against the move from across the occupied Palestinian territories on Monday, including the Gaza Strip as part of the Great March of Return. Forty-two protesters have been killed during the past month of weekly protests. The Israeli army said it used live ammunition during the clashes. It added it had increased the deployment of "combat battalions, special units, field intelligence forces and snipers". The Palestinian leadership rejected Washington's traditional role as a mediator following Trump's Jerusalem decision.

"There continues to be real anger among Palestinians" over Trump's decision, the CBC's Derek Stoffel said from Jerusalem. "It's a recognition of reality", he told ABC's "This Week". Former senator Joe Lieberman is in Israel as well for the event.

They arrived in Israel on Sunday.