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US Embassy opens in Jerusalem as tens of thousands protest in Gaza

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World       by Dawood Rehman | Published

Dannon described the protests as disgraceful.

However, Monday's steadily climbing death toll and wall-to-wall condemnation of the embassy move by the Arab world raised new doubts about Trump's ambitions to broker what he once said would be the Mideast "deal of the century".

"The president is making hard decisions because they are what he believes are the right long term decisions and not just kicking the can down the road", Mnuchin said.

He said: Our people went out today to respond to this new Zionist-American aggression, and to draw by their blood the map of their return. "Sure there are naysayers".

Monday is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel (though not according to the Jewish calendar by which it is normally marked in Israel - that was last month).

The administration argues it is simply recognising the obvious in accepting Jerusalem as Israel's capital and that the city's final boundaries can still be determined in negotiations. "Pretending otherwise isn't going to fix anything".

A photo tweeted by Lee showed him sitting at a table with senior White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, as well as the other GOP senators on the trip, Ted Cruz of Texas, Lindsey Graham of SC, and Dean Heller of Nevada.

To deny that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is as silly as denying that Paris is the capital of France. Lee said in the tweet.

They erupted before Israeli officials and a White House delegation including President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka formally opened the embassy in Jerusalem, and the bloodshed continued throughout the day.

"The U.S. silence is license to kill for Israel, and Israel is taking this license to heart and implementing it in full", Husam Zomlot, the top Palestinian representative to the United States, said in an interview with The Washington Post.

Netanyahu has always been a critic of the nuclear deal with Iran, which Trump abandoned last week despite complaints from other USA allies. Netanyahu exulted at the embassy's opening ceremony, while Trump tweeted: "A great day for Israel!"

Robert Jeffress, the pastor who gave the opening prayer, who has said that both Islam and Mormonism are "heresy from the pit of hell" - and that Jews are bound for that same destination.

In December 2017, Togo was the only African country to support the United States motion to establish an American embassy in Jerusalem.

But Romney's Republican primary opponent, Rep. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine, called a news conference at the state Capitol to disagree. I absolutely wish that the Palestinians would understand that as well. "We emphasize that such a step which disregards the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people will not serve peace, security and stability in the region", the ministry said in a statement.

"We do believe the Israelis have the right to defend themselves, and we're fully supportive of that", he said.

Mr Trump chose to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem because he likes to keep campaign promises made to his base. "As President Trump made clear this morning, our greatest hope is for peace, and as Jared [Kushner] also said, the United States of America is prepared to support a peace agreement in every way we can". Lindsey Graham's first name as Lindsay.

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