US finally moves American Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, World leaders react

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Dozens killed in Gaza as US Embassy opens in Jerusalem. It was the deadliest day there since a devastating 2014 cross-border war: Here are the events as they happened.

Both friends and foes of the United States voiced criticism Monday as Washington opened its embassy in the disputed city of Jerusalem, saying the move would fan Middle East tensions.

Chief US ally Britain reiterated its stated objection to the move.

The ceremony in Jerusalem, where Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner officiated, came after Israeli troops put down protests over the move by Palestinians at the Gaza border with Israel, killing dozens of civilians.

Meanwhile, World leaders are reacting to the situation and making statements.

France’s Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, has called on the Israeli authorities to “act with caution and restraint in the use of force, which must be strictly proportional”.
“It is urgent to reinstate the conditions necessary for the pursuit of a peaceful solution in a regional context already marked by high tensions,” he added. “France is calling on all actors to act responsibly to prevent a new flare-up.”

He also reiterated France’s opposition to the US embassy move, saying it “violated international law and, in particular, UN Security Council resolutions”.
Mr Le Drian met his UK counterpart, Boris Johnson, in London on Monday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s objection to the move, saying: “We firmly believe that it is inappropriate to unilaterally revise the decisions of the international community in this way.”

Lavrov, speaking in Moscow after meeting the Russian defence minister and the pair’s Egyptian counterparts, recalled that Russia “has several times offered a platform” for talks on the status of Jerusalem.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI wrote in a letter to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that he was “monitoring with concern” the US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the MAP news agency reported. the Moroccan king denounced Washington’s “unilateral decision”.

The Egyptian foreign ministry, in a statement expressing “strong denunciation” of Israel’s use of force against Palestinian civilians, said Cairo “totally supports the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and first and foremost its right to an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem will further destabilise the Middle East.
“With this step, the US administration has cancelled its role in the peace process and has insulted the world, the Palestinian people and the Arab and the Islamic nation and it has created incitement and instability,” Nabil Abu Rdeineh told Reuters news agency.

Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘This is history’

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke after Kushner.
He personally thanked Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and President Trump.

“What a glorious day. Remember this moment. This is history. President Trump, by recognising history, you have made history.”

He praised Israeli soldiers who were “protecting the borders of Israel, as we speak, today”.

He saluted the intelligence and security services too, to applause from the crowd.

Today, the embassy of the most powerful nation on earth. Our greatest ally, the United States of America. Today, its embassy opened here!”
Benjamin Netanyahu

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