United States opens its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem

  • United States opens its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem

United States opens its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem

President Trump announced in December that the US would move its embassy to Jerusalem which he said is Israel's capital.

He took to micro-blogging site Twitter to thank Trump for keeping his promises.

Mr Trump chose to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem because he likes to keep campaign promises made to his base.

Many of the United States' allies, along with its foes, expressed criticism of the US decision to open its embassy in Jerusalem Monday, saying it would increase tensions in the Middle East.

Senior White House Advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend a reception held at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem ahead of the moving of the USA embassy to Jerusalem on May 13, 2018.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who embraced Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka at the new embassy, said the president had "immortalised himself in the chronicles of our capital".

The UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People does not recognize Israel's claim that the entire city of Jerusalem is its capital.

"Today is the big day when we will cross the fence and tell Israel and the world we will not accept being occupied forever", said Gaza science teacher Ali, who declined to give his last name. President Donald Trump discarded prudence without asking for actions that would advance the cause of peace.

"It's reasonable to bust the myth that sometimes is trafficked on the Palestinian side that there is no historic Jewish or Israeli connection to Jerusalem", he said.

In Istanbul around 2,000 people marched down the main Istiklal Street, carrying banners saying "Jerusalem belongs to Muslims" and "Murderer Israel, get out of Palestine".

Israel maintains it is within its rights to protect its borders, which some Palestinians have attacked or tried to cross.

The White House has said the responsibility for the Gaza deaths "rests squarely with Hamas", the territory's ruling organisation which has been designed a terrorist group by the U.S. and EU.

National Party leader Simon Bridges said the case could be made for opening the new embassy, in terms of the U.S. "standing on its rights". "We should celebrate what's happening not focus on the disagreements between individuals", Kennedy said, calling Mormons a forgiving people who recognize there are many who do not embrace their faith.

Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed, as its "eternal and indivisible capital" in a move that has not won global recognition. "The Security Council must stand behind its resolutions and ensure they have meaning; otherwise, we risk undermining the credibility of the worldwide system", wrote Bolivia, China, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, France, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Peru and Sweden in the letter seen by Reuters.

"It's not just that it's provoked violence or that it's made the United States look like the biased broker instead of the honest broker", Dr Indyk said of the embassy move, "but it also has set the process back in a way that all this loose talk about how it's going to advance peace is ludicrous".

"The president is making hard decisions because they are what he believes are the right long term decisions and not just kicking the can down the road", Mnuchin said.

The U.S. said it chose the date to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment.