Israel destroys Gaza tunnel, boosts troop numbers, ahead of expected protests

Road signs directing to the U.S. embassy are seen on a truck in Jerusalem

They also voted together to block the release of a statement by the European Union rejecting US plans to officially open its Embassy Monday in Jerusalem.

When Trump announced the move, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the decision as "courageous and just".

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

The U.S. presidential delegation for the Embassy dedication ceremony in Jerusalem arrived Sunday afternoon in Israel, touching down on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International airport.

Jerusalem, which is sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians, was decorated with roadside flowerbeds in the design of the USA flag and posters reading "Trump make Israel great again".

Tension has grown across the Palestinian territories since December 6, when U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Meanwhile, Israel warned that its army will harshly respond and strike on Hamas infrastructure all over the Gaza Strip, in case of masses of demonstrators who try to cut the fence of the border and infiltrate into Israel, according to Israeli media. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new "intifada", or uprising. Hamas has organized them mostly against an Israeli-Egyptian blockade in place since Hamas overran Gaza in 2007.

Their dismissal of Mr Trump's unilateral action last week has shown that the worldwide community is now willing to say "no" to the United States, the sole global superpower, said Mr Shaath.

Some 50 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli live fire and thousands more wounded, no Israelis have been injured since the start of the protests on March 30. The new embassy is to open on Monday. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush made the same pledge to move the embassy to Jerusalem on the campaign trail, only to abandon it after winning the White House.

During his meeting with Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Lavrov said "this impasse is getting deeper and deeper, especially in light of recent U.S. decisions on Jerusalem". "You deserve a better future", the leaflets said.

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.

He tells ABC's "This week" that "if you're not prepared to recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that's where the American Embassy should be, then you're operating on a completely different wavelength".

The State Department said in a statement that the administration remains committed to brokering a lasting peace deal.

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