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U.S. embassy in Israel to be moved to Jerusalem

U.S. embassy in Israel to be moved to Jerusalem

Pompeo tells "Fox News Sunday" that the US still hopes to be able to "achieve a successful outcome" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Arab media have speculated that Egypt could ease border restrictions with Gaza and offer economic relief in exchange for protesters not trying to breach the fence.

Tens of thousands of Israelis are marching in Jerusalem Day celebrations on the eve of the USA relocating its embassy to the contested city from Tel Aviv.

The club announced in a statement that "The chairmen of the club, the owner Eli Tabib and the executive manager Eli Ohana have chose to add to the club's title the name of the American President who made history, and from now on will be called Beitar Trump Jerusalem". From 2006 until this week, the city didn't host a single foreign embassy.

Israel is marking the 51st anniversary of its capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the eastern sector to its previously declared capital in the western part of the city, a move not recognised at the time by the USA and most other nations.

The fate of the ancient city has been a critical and unresolved issue in past US-brokered peace talks.

Isareli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, said his country would be celebrating Trump's decision. "The Palestinians feel that East Jerusalem should be the capital of a future Palestinian state".

National security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will make achieving peace easier. This time it is with a well known, and some what infamous, Israeli soccer team.

"What Trump is doing just reminds us of the ethnic cleansing that took place 70 years ago".

"The only feeling of optimism is based on the fact that the USA is no longer the sole owner of the universe", Nabil Shaath, former chief Palestinian negotiator told The National in a phone interview.

Abbas recently laid out conditions for coming back to the table that based on Trump's past statements seem unlikely to be met.

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"Under any peace agreement [with the Palestinians] Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel", Netanyahu said. The Palestinian leadership rejected Washington's traditional role as a mediator following Trump's Jerusalem decision. About 40 of them have accepted the invitation, Xinhua reported.

It's unclear when or if the U.S. plan will be released.

"There are now other powers making the world more multipolar".

European foreign ministers, while opposed to the U.S. policy shift, have urged Abbas to give Washington's peace plan a chance.

Attending the Foreign Ministry gathering were representatives from Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic, but none from western European Union states - suggesting a rift within the bloc over Trump's Jerusalem move. And the Muslim month of Ramadan also starts this week, which regularly brings a spike in tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

Mr Shaath reiterated that the Palestinians seek a non-violent resolution to the decades-long conflict, one that is based on the two-state solution, a sovereign Palestinian state living side-by-side with Israel.

Among the young, nearly one-third support the idea of equal rights for Arabs and Jews in a single state, while 58 per cent the highest result in any age group demand a return to an armed uprising.

He said the U.S. "is there to help the Palestinians" and "there is no basis" to think the embassy move will work against peace.

The site of the new US embassy is set to formally open on Monday.

The army said it was reinforcing its troops in the West Bank with several combat battalions and intelligence units in case of possible unrest there as well.


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