Israel celebrates as US Embassy prepares to open in Jerusalem

It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the global community.

The U.S. presidential delegation touched down in Israel Sunday afternoon and quickly entered into a series of celebrations and bilateral meetings with Israeli officials.

John Bolton says moving the embassy from Tel Aviv is "a recognition of reality".

"President Trump is making history".

While Netanyahu enthusiastically greeted Trump's decision to move the embassy, some Jerusalem residents have gone to court to try to stop it.

Washington's ambassador to Israel also said that there is still hope for peace in the region.

Israel is bolstering its forces along the Gaza border and in the West Bank in anticipation of mass Palestinian protests, as the US prepares to open its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

Israeli troops have killed 45 Palestinians since the protests began on March 30, according Palestinian health officials, while no Israeli casualties have been reported. "This is something that Congress proposed more than 20 years ago and there's a strong sense this is the will of the American people and the Israeli people", the official said. "It will remain our capital for all time".

Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

"Move your embassies to Jerusalem because it advances peace, and that's because you can't base peace on a foundation of lies".

"Thank you, President Trump, for your bold decision". Such an announcement could breathe new life into the peace process, which is the only way to turn Jerusalem from a center of nationalism and even racism into a suitable capital for an enlightened Israel that is considerate of and open to everyone.

The crowd had a mix of high-profile political and legal figures, including Jay Sekulow, who is part of Trump's private legal team responding to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe; Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor emeritus and Trump supporter; and Abbe Lowell, an attorney who has defended a number of Democratic politicians and now represents Kushner.

This does not mean the United States is taking a firm position on negotiating terms known as final-status, which accounts for the borders of various territories that would be agreed upon by the Israelis and Palestinians. Netanyahu called their presence a "national and worldwide statement" that "touches our hearts".

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan is leading the US delegation in the absence of Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The Israelis also fired tear gas at people inside the tented encampments that have sprung up along the border, witnesses said.

He accused the White House of putting the interests of a small group of hard-liners ahead of the larger interest of promoting peace with the Palestinians.

For Israelis, Sunday is Jerusalem Day, an annual celebration of the "reunification" of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War.

"Tragically, the US 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.


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