Ivanka Trump Has 'Great Joy' Going to Jerusalem Embassy Opening on Monday

Risk of Violence Gauged 'Minute by Minute' Leading to Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Beitar Jerusalem, one of Israel's most popular soccer teams, wants to change its name in a gesture of appreciation to US President Donald Trump who, "in a courageous move, recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel".

The couple - both senior White House advisers - will attend the ceremony.

The EU mission in Israel tweeted on Friday that the bloc would "respect the global consensus on Jerusalem ... including on the location of their diplomatic representations until the final status of Jerusalem is resolved".

"Under any peace agreement [with the Palestinians] Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel", Netanyahu said.

The decision announced by US President Donald Trump in December has angered Palestinians, who view the eastern part of the city as the capital of their future state. The Friends of Zion Museum has plastered buildings and buses with more than 150 billboards in support of President Trump. Following Trump's move, they said the U.S. can not be considered as a fair peace broker in the Middle East. The Palestinian leadership rejected Washington's traditional role as a mediator following Trump's Jerusalem decision.

On Monday, the largest turnout yet is expected for a protest to coincide with the opening of the U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.

Mr Kushner is set to meet Israel's prime minister on Sunday afternoon, according to the local press.

Mr Friedman said around 800 people are expected for the ceremony, explaining that in addition to the previously announced USA presidential delegation, a "healthy number" of American lawmakers are also set to attend. It is a controversial move.

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

On Sunday, scuffles broke out between Israelis and Muslim security officers in the holy compound in east Jerusalem's Old City.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967. These are considered illegal under global law, although Israel disputes this.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS paid Trump's Scottish resort for VIP hotel stays: report Michael Avenatti tweets, then deletes, Fox News booker's phone number Former Trump aide working with Russian company to lift USA sanctions: report MORE chose to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in December.

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There were already tensions in the weeks before the embassy move.

On the border with Gaza, Palestinians have also held protests as Israel prepares to mark 70 years since its creation, an event Palestinians call the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of them were displaced from their homes.

Israel says it only opens fire when necessary to stop infiltrations, attacks and damage to the border fence, while accusing political party Hamas, that runs the blockaded Gaza Strip, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence. The UN, European Union, and rights groups have accused Israel of using excessive force.

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