Lawmakers react to Jerusalem embassy

Pauline Gross
May 15, 2018

It also said that any decisions and actions "which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect" - a reference to the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"I understand that this is going to be an extremely painful and problematic move", said Rabbi Julie Kozlow of B'nai Israel adding, "I feel that we absolutely should be in Jerusalem as our capitol".

The brutal action by the Israeli army came as the USA opened its controversial embassy in Jerusalem.

"We ought to encourage them to promote more and more peace and stability and peaceful negotiations", said Agil. "Hamas is killing Gaza", he said.

According to media reports, more than 50 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,000 wounded in Gaza - the Palestinian enclave occupied by Israel, as the Israeli army fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters assembled along the fence with Israel.

His daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner attended the ceremony, as they led a USA delegation that included the treasury secretary and four Republican senators.

The embassy move is contentious for Palestinians who hope to claim part of Jerusalem as their future capital.

"We celebrate history in the making", said Vice President Mike Pence.

'Nevertheless we respectfully disagree with their view that re-locating the Australian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as the USA has done, would harm the prospects for peace'. It is about time: for quite a few years, Congress has resolved that Jerusalem is Israel's capital, but one president after another has deferred recognizing that reality, bowing, apparently, to the global consensus that every country on Earth except Israel has the right to designate its capital.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for his support on Twitter hours ahead of the opening ceremony.

Amid expressions of global concern and condemnation over the use of live ammunition, Israel said it was taking the necessary measures to prevent any breach of its border fence with the enclave run by the militant Hamas movement.

Mustafa Barghouti, a doctor and longtime member of the Palestinian parliament, said he believes the two-state solution is in "serious trouble".

The Islamist group aims to break a decade-long Israeli blockade on goods flowing in and out of Gaza.

"But there's no doubt the USA embassy in Jerusalem has inflamed things and it's a less safe situation as a result of that".

She has opposed Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the country's capital.

"To see Jerusalem recognized as a capital state is a dream come true", says Rabbi Charles Klein, from the Merrick Jewish Centre.

Abbas said he "will not accept" any peace deal proposed by the Trump administration.

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