Clashes erupt in Gaza as US Embassy in Jerusalem opens

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"It will remain our capital for all time", said Netanyahu, who later hosted members of the official White House delegation at a celebratory dinner. All of us are deeply moved.

"Today we open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel", US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said at the inaugural ceremony, attended by a US delegation from Washington and Israeli leaders. Secretary Mnuchin received a plaque today bearing its new name: "United States Square in honor of President Donald J. Trump".

Kushner, whom President Donald Trump tasked with bringing peace to the Middle East, said the USA administration had nearly completed a peace plan, but is undecided about when to reveal its contents, in light of the outrage the U.S. embassy move sparked. "President Trump, by recognizing history, we have made history".

As news of the violence spread, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres - who is slated to visit President Trump in Washington on Friday - said he is "particularly worried" about what he called "the high number of people killed", according to the AP. May there be peace.

DW correspondent Dana Regev, reporting from the ceremony, said in a tweet that security has been stepped up in Jerusalem ahead of the US Embassy's opening.

"By opening an embassy on the site, there is an implication that the USA administration ultimately feels this will become part of Israel", said Ross.

Kushner said one day, humanity would look back at this moment and note that "the journey to peace started with America recognizing the truth".

Since the USA announced the location in a February 23 statement, no United Nations bodies or leaders have said anything about it publicly, either.


In his address, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin thanked Republicans and Democrats alike for their love and support of Israel.

"We believe, it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give - so that all people can live in peace - safe from danger, free from fear, and able to pursue their dreams", Kushner's said at the embassy opening on Monday. "Finally we have a leader who promised this, and also kept his promise!"

"Hamas continues to invest enormous resources in building terrorist tunnels and sabotaging the humanitarian efforts that the State of Israel and other countries are offering residents of the Gaza Strip, instead of investing in developing the Strip and providing for the welfare to its residents", the statement said. "We hope and expect that other nations will follow your path and your leadership".

"Most want to see peace created along the lines that existed in 1967", he said.

In the final address before the benediction, Netanyahu, addressing the USA delegation, said, "We have no better friends in the world, you stand for Israel and you stand for Jerusalem". Kushner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were among the speakers at the ceremony. A great day for Jerusalem. It's a great day for America.

Israel's quietness on the significance of the US embassy site may be related to another historical quirk- Israel's informal 1949 agreement with Jordan to partition the "no-man's land" into an Israeli sector in the west, a Jordanian sector in the east and an enclave in the middle for the headquarters of the U.N. Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). "And the truth will always be that Jerusalem has always been, will always be, the capital of the Jewish state".

"May the opening of this embassy, in this city, spread this truth far and wide, and may the truth promote a lasting peace between Israel and all of our neighbors".

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