Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Elusive peace grows more remote with US Jerusalem embassy move, violence

Elusive peace grows more remote with US Jerusalem embassy move, violence

Protesters opposed the opening of a new USA embassy for Israel in the city of Jerusalem, a move ordered by President Donald Trump.

Fifty-eight Palestinians died on Monday in protests in Gaza, shot dead by the Israeli military as they marched up to the border fence.

The move came as Israeli forces and Palestinians clashed along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.

The demonstration Monday culminated a weeks-long Palestinian campaign against a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

The Palestinians are protesting what they see as an occupation of their lands by Israel, and many of them have said they will cross into Israel's border to fight the occupation, something which Israel has repeatedly met with force.

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"On one hand today is a historic day, it's recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it's been the functional capital of the state since 1950, it's been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years", he said.

"Israel security forces must exercise maximum restraint in the use of live fire", the statement said. And while the approach was swiftly condemned by Muslim world leaders, Trump's new policy appeases a powerful pro-Israeli lobby within the Republican party. The issue has been so thorny that global negotiators had left the question of Jerusalem to the final stages of any peace deal.

Jason Greenblatt, Trump's Middle East peace envoy, said on Twitter that "taking the long-overdue step of moving our Embassy is not a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace deal".

Middle East countries as well as United Kingdom and European Union have condemned Israel's violence against Palestinian protesters in the wake of USA relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had raised concerns, on behalf of the Government, directly with the Israeli ambassador in the past 10 days, and would speak with the ambassador again about the latest conflict within the next two days, Ardern said.

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Hussar Zomlot, the top Palestinian representative to the United States told the Washington Post that Trump has given Israel "license to kill".

The U.N. Security Council is set to meet Tuesday to discuss the deadly violence along the Israel-Gaza border.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz earlier on Monday reported that Vietnam was among the 32 countries that participated in the gala on Sunday.

"The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas".

Also Monday, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah defended the administration's choice to tap Texas evangelical pastors Robert Jeffress and John Hagee, to deliver a blessing at the Jerusalem ceremony, despite their past inflammatory remarks about other religions.

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