Israelis basked in national pride and pro-American fervour on Sunday as tens of thousands participated in a Jerusalem march, a day ahead of the controversial United States embassy move to the disputed city.
President Donald Trump's decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv broke with generations of global consensus that Jerusalem's status should be settled as part of a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
"I think it's okay that the United States moves the embassy over here, because this is after all the capital".
In the meantime, Abbas vows to reject any U.S. proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, arguing that there's nothing to talk about because of the USA policy shift on Jerusalem and its failure to rein in Israeli settlement expansion on lands sought for a Palestinian state.
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She is one of five USA officials who are part of the delegation for the opening, led by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, that President Donald Trump will not attend. After 1967, Israel built a ring of settlement neighborhoods in east Jerusalem to deepen its hold over the annexed area, where 207,000 Jews now live.
Palestinian protests are also planned for Tuesday.
On Sunday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya headed to Cairo for talks amid speculation over whether Egypt is attempting to calm the situation.
The plan was brought forward to coincide with the state of Israel's 70th anniversary.
Last week, Hamas' leader in Gaza, Yehiyeh Sinwar, said global and regional mediators have come up with offers "to control" weeks of deadly protests.
The final protest was Friday after seven weeks of "March of Return" protests at the Gaza-Israel border killed one person and injured 400 people. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the worldwide community. Most of the world maintains embassies in Tel Aviv, saying the Jerusalem issue must first be resolved. "It's our property", said Nili Naoun, 42, an Israeli who arrived at the holy site with her family at 7:00 am.
In a reflection of the deep sensitivities, dozens of countries - including Britain, France and Germany - skipped Sunday night's celebration at the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Both Israel and neighbouring Palestine claim the holy city as their capital - one of many issues which have fueled their decades-long conflict - and the USA had until then refrained from recognising either claim for fear of sparking violence and derailing peace talks.