Even as Israelis and friends of Israel celebrate the historic occasion of the US Embassy move, Palestinians reacted with widespread violence, with tens of thousands of Palestinians storming the Gaza border:
Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said 45 Palestinians were killed and over 500 were wounded in the violence, amid the biggest riots and rallies in a weeks-long campaign of protests against Israel.
The Israeli army said around 50,000 Gazans were demonstrating in 12 locations along the border. It said thousands more were gathered at points several hundred meters from the fence.
At around 4 p.m., the time that the US was inaugurating its embassy in Jerusalem, military sources said Hamas-spurred groups were trying to breach the border at several spots along the Gaza fence.
Meanwhile, President Trump addressed the crowd assembled for the embassy opening via video:
“Israel is a sovereign nation, with the right like any other sovereign nation, to designate its capital … The United Sates remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement … This city and entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people.”
Please pray for Israel during this historic – and perilous – time.