Most EU ambassadors absent as Israel marks USA embassy move

Israel kicks off US embassy celebrations, boosts border force ahead of mass Palestinian protests

Israel prepares for inauguration of new US embassy in Jerusalem

Israeli forces shot and killed at least 41 Palestinians during protests on Monday along the Gaza border, Palestinian health officials said, ahead of the inauguration of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

More than 90 people have been killed by Israeli soldiers since the latest wave of protests began in March, according to a CNN count based on the Palestinian Ministry of Health figures.

He stressed that Japan's position is that the disputes and Jerusalem's status should be resolved via negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Israeli forces have stepped up attacks on Iranian targets in neighbouring Syria over the past week, after saying Tehran-backed troops targeted Israel with a missile barrage.

The US president stated that the development would advance the Middle East peace process and that it was "long overdue".

Never mind that the political reality brought on by Trump's unilateral recognition, embodied by the embassy opening this afternoon, is surely that the two-state solution is in the deep freeze.

A small interim embassy will start operating on Monday inside the existing U.S consulate building in Jerusalem.

Among those who are in the country for the occasion are Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both of whom serve as advisers to the US President.

However, many have condemned the decision.

"It's been the capital of our state for the past 70 years". Clearly, this has failed and Egypt, at least for the time being, seems to be taking a back seat to the events in Gaza along the border with Israel while the Rafiach Crossing to Egypt remains closed.

Saeb Erekat, Palestine Liberation Organisation secretary-general, called it a "hostile act against global law". Additionally, police officers will stand in a "human wall" between the neighborhood of Arnona, where the new embassy is located, and the Palestinian Sur Baher, the police said.

A "sea change has been coming over a period of years", said Victoria Coates, senior director for Strategic Assessment at the National Security Council, speaking of the closeness between Gulf countries and Israel.

The leaflets cautioned Gaza residents against approaching the fence or "attempting to sabotage it". "The choice is in your hands".

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Najib responded swiftly, saying he respects the immigration department's ruling and will remain in the country with his family. Saudi Arabian ruler, King Fahd, assumed the office of Prime Minister on 13 June 1982 on the death of his brother, King Khalid.

"Tragically, the U.S. administration has chosen to side with Israel's exclusivist claims over a city that has for centuries been sacred to all faiths", he said in a statement.

Palestinian protesters are expected to march on the disputed city of Jerusalem in their tens of thousands in demonstrations against the move.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move not recognised by the global community.

The march was also directed at the inauguration of the United States embassy in Jerusalem later on Monday.

Demonstrators are also calling for Palestinian refugees who fled or were expelled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation to be allowed to return to their homes now inside Israel.

Since March, 42 Palestinian protesters have been killed and more than 1,800 wounded by Israeli army fire.

No Israelis have been wounded and the military has faced criticism over the use of live fire.

"It seems to me that the Palestinians have decided that the United States is no longer an honest broker in the MidEast peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis", he said, adding that it will likely lead to further Palestinian rage and resistance.

Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as their own future capital, and see the U.S move as backing Israeli control over the whole city.

In the decades since 1967, worldwide consensus has been that the city's status must be negotiated between the two sides, but Trump broke with that to global outrage.

The military said its troops came under fire in some areas, and said protesters tried to break through the border fence.

Forty-one percent of Americans approve of Mr. Trump's handling of relations with Israel, while 43 percent disapprove, according to a recent CBS News poll.

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