Pence calls Trump greatest defender Israel ever had in White House

Erika Holt
May 15, 2018

"Our greatest hope is for peace", he said despite the Palestinian anger the move has provoked.

Ms Ardern was asked for her view on comments made by Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riyadh Mansour, who said the Israeli action violated global law.

The killings have drawn global criticism, but the U.S. has echoed Israel in accusing Gaza's ruling Hamas movement of instigating violence, an allegation it denies.

"We're aware of the reports of continued violence in Gaza today". The protests were supposed to end on May 14, the day on the Gregorian calendar when Israel became an independent state 70 years ago.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the move "courageous" and "momentous", telling President Trump that "by recognizing history, you have made history".

The UAE has pledged $5 million (Dh18.4m) to provide urgent medicine for Palestinians injured in protests along the Gaza border on Monday.

The U.S. vetoed a Security Council resolution in December that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Thousands of Palestinians had gathered on the Gaza Strip's eastern border since Monday morning to take part in protests aimed at commemorating the Nakba anniversary and to protest the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Ardern said New Zealand had long supported a two-state solution and warned that the USA move would be a backwards step.

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Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus alleged "we have seen three different squads, fully equipped terrorist squads with weapons, trying to plant IEDs at the (border) fence in three different locations".

Israel said its troops were defending its border and accused Hamas militants of trying to attack under the cover of the protest.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

However, Doctors Without Borders has raised serious concerns about the tactics used by Israeli forces, noting some of the wounds exhibited in its Gaza clinics have been "fist-size".

Trump spoke via video at the ceremony, lauded in Israel as the fulfilment of a long-held desire for Jerusalem to be recognized as the Jewish nation's capital by its most powerful ally.

"So there's no responsibility beyond that on the Israeli authorities, kill at will?"

And UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the move "would jeopardize" the chance for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. "Because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it", Kushner said.

Many Palestinians have taken offense to the United States moving its embassy on the anniversary of Nakba, which they see as adding insult to injury.

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