USA envoy sees peace hope after Israel embassy move

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"They are not reacting well", Ambassador David Friedman said on Saturday of the Palestinians, who view the eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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On 6 December, 2017, Trump declared Jerusalem, both East and West, as the capital of Israel, and began to transfer its embassy there, which ignited anger in the Palestinian territories, while eliciting as well Arab, Islamic, and worldwide condemnation.

He added, "I think the prospects of an agreement between those two parties, at this point, is so low that the other consequences of moving the embassy are probably more modest than they - more manageable than they would have been at any time in the past, mainly because the diplomatic connection to the Israeli-Palestinian issue is less important". No details of the proposal have been confirmed, though Palestinian officials, citing information from Saudi intermediaries, suspect it's an offer for a Gaza-based mini-state with parts of the West Bank and a small foothold in Jerusalem.

The tunnel had reached just a few meters from the border, adjacent to Israeli communities, the military said.

Meanwhile, Israel will welcome the embassy move and also mark its 70th year of independence since its creation in 1948.

The global rejection of US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal last week has given the Palestinians a new "source of hope", according to a senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as Israeli moves and the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem appeared to have dealt major blows to their hopes of statehood.

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The Israeli army said on Sunday that it held Hamas accountable for anything in the Gaza Strip "and its consequences".

That's because both Israel and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital - which is why many countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

Israel says it has a right to defend its border and has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover for attacking it.

Israeli snipers have killed dozens and wounded more than 1,700 when firing on demonstrators in past rallies, according to Gazan health officials.

He said the United States "is there to help the Palestinians" and "there is no basis" to think the embassy move will work against peace.

A high-ranking delegation of Gaza's Hamas rulers is heading to Egypt a day ahead of a planned massive rally at the Israel-Gaza border.

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, his senior adviser, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin will lead the US delegation.

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