Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

At Least 41 Killed As US Inaugurates Jerusalem Embassy

At Least 41 Killed As US Inaugurates Jerusalem Embassy

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at the Trump administration following the embassy move and the Gaza violence, which he condemned as a massacre. Past presidents have promised the move on the campaign trail but never followed through since the Jerusalem Embassy Act passed in 1995.

And his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who attended the opening said: "When there is peace in this region, we will look back upon this day and will remember that the journey to peace started with a strong America recognizing the truth".

Graham touted Israel's role as a United States ally, saying that the nation provided the USA with more intelligence about radical Islam than any other did.

"This provocation will only worsen the problems in the region and cause a deeper mark in the Israeli-Palestinian relationship, and will make peace in the region more hard".

Speaking with Radio Sputnik news analyst Bob Schlehuber, Soheir Asaad, a lawyer with Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, said that Israel's continued aggression toward Palestinians is in an effort to change the demographics of Israel and Jerusalem.

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Israeli soldiers have killed dozens of Palestinians - the death toll was 52 on Tuesday morning (NZT) - demonstrating along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

"The sign I'm holding is a list of Palestinians murdered by the Israeli defense forces", protester Elijah Blanton said.

There have been critics who said the move is mostly symbolic, noted Faulkner, but Mnuchin pointed out it is "very real to the people of Israel".

President Trump talking a push for peace in his recorded message at the embassy unveiling.

None of this takes away from the obvious fact that Jerusalem is, in reality the capital of Israel - home to its parliament, Supreme Court, government ministries and the residences of its president and prime minister.

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Trump spoke via video at the ceremony, lauded in Israel as the fulfilment of a long-held desire for Jerusalem to be recognized as the Jewish nation's capital by its most powerful ally.

"Moments ago, an IDF patrol foiled a bomb-laying attack by a cell of three armed terrorists near Rafah, close to the border", the Israeli military said Monday.

Turkey is recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Israel following the official inauguration of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, CNN and other news outlets reported. "They need to stop being fooled that there is a two-state solution. A USA settlement in East Jerusalem".

Now the U.S.is an unlikely facilitator for peace.

The US "must not think that such actions... can remain without a response", he said.

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"This slaughter is all the evidence we need that Trump's move makes peace less likely and makes life for those living in Gaza more risky".

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