Israel warns Gaza protesters: Stay away from border fence

A worker is seen inside the new U.S. embassy compound during preparations for its opening ceremony in Jerusalem

Image Mr Trump announced the move in December and the embassy opens on Monday

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to protest along the Gaza border Monday, with the strip's Islamist rulers Hamas voicing support in recent days for attempts to breach the fence into Israel.

They arrived in Israel on Sunday.

The rival Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza Strip, has been staging a series of weekly demonstrations against a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the territory. "The Palestinians feel that East Jerusalem should be the capital of a future Palestinian state".

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gathered 1,000 guests for a celebratory event on the ministry grounds on Sunday. "We will go out, protest and do everything, but it is not necessary to send [the children] to the [fence] to be shot and killed", Abbas said in a speech at a meeting of the Palestinian National Council, a top Palestine Liberation Organization body.

The Palestinian Authority's leadership has effectively refused to speak to Trump's team since the move was announced, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is supposed to be spearheading a new drive for peace. Following Trump's move, they said the United States can not be considered as a fair peace broker in the Middle East.

The embassy move has added extra friction to what was already a highly charged week.

As the United States takes a historic step towards recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capitol, a point vehemently protested by Palestinian leaders, the senior administration official told the Free Beacon that this new reality is not being viewed as an impediment to peace.

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US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said at the welcoming ceremony that Trump's decision to relocate the embassy was "essential to creating a roadmap for peace in the region". The UN, European Union and rights groups have accused Israel of using excessive force against unarmed protesters.

Israeli police said several people were forcibly removed and questioned.

Three additional infantry brigades will be deployed next week, two around the Gaza Strip and one in the West Bank, army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters on Saturday.

Sunday marked what Israel calls "Jerusalem Day", the 51st anniversary of the annexation of east Jerusalem - home to the city's most sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites - during the 1967 Six-Day War. Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Like Friedman, he has argued that it helps make peace possible by taking Jerusalem "off the table", but many have pointed out that he has not announced any concessions in return from Israel. "Thank you for making the alliance between Israel and the United States stronger than ever", he said.

May 14 is also the 70th anniversary of the date that U.S. President Harry S. Truman recognized Israel, which is the reason the embassy transfer was scheduled for that date. It will be attended by US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Trump's daughter Ivanka, presidential adviser and Ivanka's husband Jared Kushner.

As is the case throughout the occupied West Bank, the expanding settlements are guarded by a constant Israeli military presence.

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