Egypt’s foreign ministry has released a statement condemning the Israeli military’s use of force at the border.
Egypt rejects the use of force against peaceful marches demanding legitimate and just rights, and warns of the negative consequences of this dangerous escalation in the occupied Palestinian territories.”
US ‘breaking international law’
As triumphant speeches continue at the new US embassy, the Palestinian foreign ministry has accused the US administration of a�?acting on its arrogance of power and disdain for Palestinian rightsa�? and stressed that the fate of Jerusalem a�?will only be determined in line with international lawa�?.
“As the Palestinian people commemorate seventy years since the onset of their Nakba (catastrophe) of dispossession, denial, and injustice, the US administration added insult to injury in Jerusalem by defying international law and rejecting UN Security Council resolutions relevant to Palestinian rights, especially in Jerusalem,” a statement carried by the official Wafa news agency says.
The ministry adds: “The Palestinian leadership will continue to pursue all available legal and diplomatic avenues to defend our people’s rights from Israel’s entrenched regime of colonisation and aggression as well as states that defend and sponsor this regime of oppression. This is also an international responsibility.”
Israel regards Jerusalem as its “eternal and undivided” capital, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war – as the capital of a future state.
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!”
Kushner: ‘Once again the US can be trusted’
Jared Kushner minutes ago finished speaking at the opening ceremony. He called Jerusalem “the eternal heart of the Jewish people”.
“By moving our embassy to Jerusalem we have showed the world once again that the United States can be trusted.”
That remark caused some consternation from commentators, who pointed out that President Trump has just spectacularly reneged on the nuclear deal signed with Iran under the Obama administration.
In the first reference from a Trump official during the ceremony to the violence taking place at the border, Kushner said: “Those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution.”
He said the controversial decision to move the embassy “did not reflect a departure from our strong commitment to lasting peace”.
“The United States is prepared to support a peace agreement in every way that we can. We believe that it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give so that all people can live in peace safe from danger, free from fear and able to pursue their dreams,” he said.