Florida Governor Rick Scott will attend embassy opening in Jerusalem

Ismail Haniya head of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas delivers a speech in Gaza City

Most countries have kept their embassies in Tel Aviv.

Several US officials, joined by President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband and senior adviser Jared Kushner, will attend the opening on Monday, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding.

Despite Palestinian outrage over Monday's opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Washington's ambassador to Israel said that there is still hope for peace in the region.

Those talks have been frozen since 2014.

A small interim embassy will open inside the existing U.S. consulate building in Jerusalem on Monday, while a larger site will be found later when the rest of the embassy moves from Tel Aviv.

Most countries have traditionally kept their embassies in coastal Tel Aviv rather than Jerusalem.

Why do evangelicals support Trump on Jerusalem? "Move your embassies to Jerusalem because it advances peace, and that's because you can't base peace on a foundation of lies".

Jerusalem Day commemorates Israel's capture of the eastern sector of the city from Jordan in the 1967 war.

Netanyahu said Trump's decision recognized a 3,000-year Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the "truth" that Jerusalem will be Israel's capital under any future peace deal.

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"Hamas is spreading messages of its desire for a long-term cease-fire but actually digs terror tunnels into the territory of the State of Israel", said Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Twitter. Following Trump's move, they said the USA can not be considered as a fair peace broker in the Middle East. Among those present were delegates from Guatemala and Paraguay, which will open their own Jerusalem embassies later this month.

No-show nations withheld comment on Sunday. Mr Trump himself will not be there.

On Sunday, scuffles broke out between Israelis visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in east Jerusalem's Old City, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and Palestinian security officers. The Israeli military said the crowd had grown violent and that troops were defending the border.

Numerous other dignitaries have also traveled to the Israeli capital for the embassy opening.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven out of what is now Israel.

Protesters are demanding the right to return to their homes in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

More than 40 Palestinians have been killed in the latest violence.

It would be politically hard for any Trump successor to move the embassy back to Tel Aviv, though the next administration could theoretically still try to broker talks on the future of Jerusalem, said Nathan Thrall of the International Crisis Group think tank. The U.S. consulate in the city, tasked with handling Palestinian ties, will remain.

The agenda will include talks over the controversial United States embassy move, scheduled to take place on Monday.

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