In the celebrations attended by high-level guests from Washington
In Israel on Sunday began the celebrations on the occasion of the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, at the border with the Gaza strip and the West Bank of the Jordan river placed additional units of the Israeli security forces in anticipation of the mass protests of the Palestinians.
The day before the official opening of the Embassy to the Israeli foreign Ministry hosted a reception which was attended by dignitaries from the United States. Among them – Minister of Finance Steven Mnuchin and advisors of the President of trump – his daughter Ivanka trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended the “courageous decision” trump to abandon the longstanding U.S. policy and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“This is the right decision,” Netanyahu said.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stressed that by announcing the transfer of the American Embassy in Jerusalem, President trump has fulfilled one of his campaign promises. “The U.S. has no more important partner than Israel,” he said.
Trump announced his decision in Jerusalem in December, which caused a cheerful reaction from the Netanyahu government. However, the decision sparked outrage among Palestinians, who believe Israel annexed East Jerusalem as its capital.
Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas suspended contact trump, saying that she can not continue to play the role of a sole mediator in the peace talks.
However, Hamas that controls the Gaza strip organized a series of weekly demonstrations against the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of their territory. The culmination of these protests will come Monday, when it is expected that tens of thousands of people will gather near the border with Israel. The action is scheduled for the same time as the opening of the new U.S. Embassy.
Hamas has made it clear that the crowd of people who may be in the thousands, trying to break through a fence on the border to implement the “right of return”.
The opening of the Embassy and protest is symbolic. Trump said that the opening is timed to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel. Palestinian protests also mark this date as the anniversary of the “Nakba” (“catastrophe”) when hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes or were expelled from them during the war that took place against the background of the creation of Israel. About two-thirds of the two million population of Gaza – the descendants of Palestinian refugees.