Ivanka Trump arrives in Israel ahead of USA embassy move

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

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

The transfer will be carried out by upgrading the current US Consulate General in Jerusalem to embassy status.

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.

And although Donald Trump is fulfilling his election promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem, he also promised a peace accord between the Israelis and Palestinians. Ahead of the opening, new road signs for the embassy appeared near the site. The worldwide community doesn't recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Dozens of European countries also skipped Sunday's ceremony.

"Move your embassies to Jerusalem because it's the right thing to do", Netanyahu said.

Over the years, a few countries set up embassies in Jerusalem and then left it again.

It would be politically hard for any Trump successor to move the embassy back to Tel Aviv, though the next administration could theoretically still try to broker talks on the future of Jerusalem, said Nathan Thrall of the International Crisis Group think tank.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has been staging a series of weekly demonstrations against a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the territory. Trump has said the opening is meant to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment.

United States President Donald Trump will address around 800 American and Israeli dignitaries at the ceremonial opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem by video tomorrow, the USA ambassador said.

Earlier Sunday, Netanyahu told his Cabinet that there would be a "series of decisions" to build up Jerusalem, including its contested eastern sector.

The embassy move exacerbated tensions with Palestinian leaders, with the Palestine Liberation Organization calling for protests Monday at the new embassy.

An extra two brigades are being deployed to the Gaza Strip and another in the West Bank.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move not recognised internationally.

This year's celebration takes on added significance due to the embassy move the following day. So far, more than 40 Palestinian protesters have died in repeated clashes with Israel's military.

Numerous other dignitaries have also traveled to the Israeli capital for the embassy opening.

"Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible approximately 650 times", Netanyahu said.

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.

On Sunday, scuffles broke out between Israelis and Muslim security officers in the holy compound in east Jerusalem's Old City.

Hamas, which rules Gaza and has supported the protests, said it would not stop people from attempting to break through the fence.

"It is not a provocation".

"They kill their own". The move has sparked strong global condemnation and comes as tensions grow between Israel and Iran. Israeli forces on Saturday blew up what they said was a Hamas terror tunnel at the Gaza border.

A high-ranking delegation of Gaza's Hamas rulers headed to Egypt on Sunday, amid diplomatic efforts aimed at containing the mass rally.

The United States is opening its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. The worldwide consensus remains that the status of the Jerusalem should be part of final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

In the decades since 1967, worldwide consensus has been that the city's status must be negotiated between the two sides, but Trump broke that deal by deciding to move the embassy there.

Responses to the announcement in Israel have been mixed.

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