At Least 43 Palestinians Reported Dead in Border Protests

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Summary: Despite controversy along the Israeli-Gaza border, the U.S. opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. The brutal action by the Israeli army came as the United States opened its controversial embassy in Jerusalem.

"We believe peace is possible, for both sides to gain more than they give so that all people can live in peace, secure from danger, free from fear, and able to pursue their dreams", he said.

"We also celebrate the opening of the Embassy as an affirmation of the deep and lasting ties between the United States and Israel", the statement said.

Israel police have deployed thousands of police officers in Jerusalem for the us embassy relocation ceremony.

The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said while on a visit to London: "Israel is wreaking state terror".

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson, who took part in activists' effort to break the blockade of Gaza in 2016, put the blame squarely in the hands of the U.S., saying it had provided the Israeli Government with an excuse "to justify their massacre of Palestinians".

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Today the most - the embassy of the most powerful nation on Earth, our greatest ally, the United States of America, today its embassy opened here.

Abul Gheit said the move "represents an extremely unsafe step" and "I don't think the American administration realises its real implications in the short and long terms".

Palestinians have long viewed East Jerusalem as the true capital of a future Palestinian State.

The UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People does not recognize Israel's claim that the entire city of Jerusalem is its capital.

"The IDF will act harshly against any terrorist activity and will act to preserve Israeli sovereignty and prevent attacks on civilians and soldiers", the statement said.

"The U.S.is not a mediator anymore", Abbas said.

President Trump announced in December that the USA would move its embassy to Jerusalem which he said is Israel's capital.

At the same time, Mogherini said Hamas must make sure demonstrators in Gaza are peaceful and "must not exploit them for other means".

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had raised concerns, on behalf of the Government, directly with the Israeli ambassador in the past 10 days, and would speak with the ambassador again about the latest conflict within the next two days, Ardern said.

President Trump talking a push for peace in his recorded message at the embassy unveiling.

Those talks have been frozen since 2014.

Mansour spoke just hours after the ceremony to inaugurate the relocated US embassy concluded. The spokesman said that the current plan to resolve the middle East conflict is in the process of active discussion and will be presented to the public.

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