Israeli Soccer Team Changes Name to Honor Trump

Israeli Soccer Team Changes Name to Honor Trump

The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel group in the US, expressed concern that the embassy move would backfire.

"The chairmen of the club, the owner Eli Tabib and the executive manager Eli Ohana have chose to add to the club's title the name of the American President who made history, and from now on will be called Beitar Trump Jerusalem".

The border march on Monday will coincide with the historic movement of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Police said over 30,000 people took part in Sunday's festivities, as revellers waved Israeli flags, singing and dancing through the city's streets.

Netanyahu on Sunday praised Trump's "bold decision" in upending decades of US policy by relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Abbas wants east Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state that would include the other war-won territories.

Israel on Sunday kicked off festivities to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, even as it bolstered its forces along the Gaza border and in the West Bank in anticipation of mass Palestinian protests of the move.

Attending the Foreign Ministry gathering were representatives from Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic, but none from western European Union states - suggesting a rift within the bloc over Trump's Jerusalem move.

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- Florida Governor Rick Scott is visiting Israel and will be on hand for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Friedman in the past has been a supporter of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Dozens of Palestinian demonstrators had broken into the Gaza side of the Kerem Shalom terminal, the main conduit for goods in and out of the territory, on Friday.

The status of Jerusalem goes to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Old City in east Jerusalem is home to key holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

He has argued that it helps make peace possible by taking Jerusalem "off the table", but many have pointed out he has not announced concessions in return from Israel.

Israel launched celebrations on Sunday for the U.S. Embassy's relocation to Jerusalem, a move whose break with world consensus was underscored by the absence of most envoys to the country from a reception hosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Gaza's Hamas rulers have led the protests, which are set to peak this week with the 70th anniversary of what the Palestinians call the "nakba", or catastrophe, referring to their mass uprooting during the war over Israel's 1948 creation.

The 1-kilometer tunnel was only meters away from the border fence near the Erez crossing into Israel and a short distance away from a kibbutz, said the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein accused Israel of using "excessive force".

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