Hamas leader in brief Egypt visit ahead of Gaza protests

US President's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband senior White House adviser Jared Kushner attend the official reception on the occasion of the opening of the US Embassy at ?the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem

Netanya welcomed President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem and transfer the embassy there: "It's been the capital of the Jewish people for the last 3,000 years".

Dressed in white and waving Israeli flags, marchers filed through central Jerusalem toward the Old City with music blaring, including the song "Toy" by Israel's Netta Barzilai, who won the Eurovision Song Contest. "It was dug over a number of months and we have been following it for a number of weeks", spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said. Israel's parliament, the Knesset, and much of its government is in Jerusalem.

The border protests are building to a climax on May 15, the day Palestinians call the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe", marking the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the conflict surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948.

Since March 30, 49 Palestinian protesters have been killed and more than 1,800 wounded.

"I call on all countries to join the United States in moving their embassies to Jerusalem... because it's the right thing to do... because it advances peace!" he exclaimed. Protests from Palestinians erupted over the weekend and are expected to continue this week. Friedman splits his time between the Jerusalem residence and the US ambassador's official residence in the city of Herzliya in central Israel.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to gather along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday to protest the embassy opening.

And he added that the US hoped the embassy move would encourage peace talks between Israel and its neighbors.


Last week, Hamas' leader in Gaza, Yehiyeh Sinwar, said worldwide and regional mediators have come up with offers "to control" weeks of deadly protests.

Israel says it has a right to defend its border and has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover for attacking the border. Hamas has organized them mostly against an Israeli-Egyptian blockade in place since Hamas overran Gaza in 2007.

Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem have announced plans to change the club's name to "Beitar Trump Jerusalem" to recognize the efforts of the "courageous" United States president. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Dean Heller at Monday's embassy opening in Jerusalem.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will be there in person, alongside Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

The Palestinian Authority severed its ties with the Donald Trump administration following its decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem, and some leading Muslim countries, such as Turkey and Jordan, have also criticized the decision.

Israel launched celebrations on Sunday for the US Embassy's relocation to Jerusalem, a move whose break with world consensus was underscored by the absence of most envoys to the country from a reception hosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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