Joe Lieberman applauds Trump on embassy move


Sunday's Jerusalem march begins a week of high tension between Israelis and Palestinians, highlighted by the embassy inauguration to be attended by a Washington delegation including US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Such talk can sound arcane and obscure, but recognition of Jerusalem means a lot to the Israelis and indeed to the Palestinians. "It was dug over a number of months and we have been following it for a number of weeks", spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said. Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The rallies in Gaza will culminate on May 15, which will mark the 70th anniversary of Israel's creation - an event Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba" or "the Catastrophe".

Four European countries - Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, and Hungary - have confirmed their participation in the USA move while the European Union opposes the relocation.

"The main goal behind these Israeli extremist and racist measures against our people is to create a new reality in occupied Jerusalem", Sheikh Hussein said, emphasizing that the Palestinian people will not allow Israel to achieve its goals.

Netanyahu also thanked the governments of Guatemala and Paraguay for choosing to move their embassies to Jerusalem, and added that others will follow as well, but "we won't say who because that's a state secret".

"Big week next week when the American Embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem".

Later on Saturday, Israeli war planes destroyed an underground attack tunnel near the border that was being built by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, to help militants cross into Israel, the military said.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally.

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The next step is for a Host City Contract to be drawn up, ready for further analysis by the City Commission, before July 1st. He said: "There are so many races to go that it's pointless to talk about the fight for the championship".

While Trump, who vowed to move the embassy from Tel Aviv during his campaign, isn't attending, he'll address invitees to the designation ceremony via video conference, according to two US officials.

The Old City in east Jerusalem is home to key holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Since March 30, 42 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the weekly protests aimed primarily against the decade-long blockade of Gaza.

"I think the leadership is different from the people", Buttu said, speaking to CNN from Ramallah.

Top US officials insisted Sunday that they could still push forward the troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace process despite outrage across the Arab world over the opening of the new American embassy in Jerusalem.

In greeting the delegation, headed by US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Netanyahu also gave a "special welcome to Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka".

"What's the problem if hundreds of thousands storm this fence which is not a border?" said Sinwar.

The State of Palestine seeks all of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza territories for an independent state.