Trump delegation arrives in Israel ahead of controversial embassy opening

Gas pipes on fire at the Kerem Shalom goods crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip

The U.S. Presidential Delegation arrived in Israel on Sunday afternoon ahead of the opening of the country's embassy in Jerusalem, scheduled for Monday. The city remains under dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.

Such paralysis and loss of hope have been major drivers of Palestinian unrest. Friedman confirmed that Trump will "be there on video" at the embassy ceremony and that Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior White House aide, will speak in person.

But Netanyahu insisted the embassy move is "the right thing to do" and ordered other countries to follow suit. From 2006 until this week, the city didn't host a single foreign embassy. The protests, driven by despair among Gaza's 2 million people, are part of a campaign to break the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Islamic militant Hamas overran Gaza in 2007.

Palestinians consider the eastern part of the city as their capital.

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

Mr Trump has been criticised for handing his ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a political victory without insisting on any Israeli concessions that might mollify Palestinians and help revive the moribund peace process.

"If you're not prepared to recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that's where the American embassy should be, then you're operating on a completely different wavelength".

In December, Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying he was simply acknowledging reality, while omitting any mention of Palestinian claims to the city.

"We are not taking a position on final status issues, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders", the statement continued.

"Tragically, the U.S. 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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"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".

The Friends of Zion Museum opened its doors in 2015 is an interactive, technologically advanced historical museum in the center Jerusalem, Israel.

In April, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Israeli journalist Barak Ravid: "In the last several decades, the Palestinian leadership has missed one opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given".

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

Israel says it will not tolerate a breach and will defend its border and nearby communities. The decision broke with long-standing United States foreign policy and has been widely criticized.

However, dozens of other foreign diplomats are expected, including representatives from Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic - countries which reportedly blocked a joint European Union statement on the issue.

Tens of thousands could try and burst through into Israel at protests this week.

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.

In 1995, Congress passed a bill with bi-partisan support that recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and required the U.S. Embassy to move there.

Friedman in the past has been a supporter of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

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