Monday's opening of the U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem, cheered by Israelis as a historic validation, is seen by Palestinians as an in-your-face affirmation of pro-Israel bias by President Donald Trump and a new blow to frail statehood dreams.
Even though the United States has repeatedly declared that its decision says nothing about the capital's final borders, the decision has been interpreted both in Israel and overseas as ratifying Benjamin Netanyahu's aggressive approach, which centers around an effort to humiliate the Palestinians and destroy any slim chance that still remains of advancing the peace process.
"President Trump is making history". The UN General Assembly passed a resolution rejecting the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital; 128 countries voted in favour of condemnation while only nine voted against.
Monday's opening will be attended by Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who both serve as White House advisers.
It feels a bit more intense in part because the US has finally followed through on bringing the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, although a complete move is still likely years away.
Top US officials insisted Sunday that they could still push forward the troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace process despite outrage across the Arab world over the opening of the new American embassy in Jerusalem.
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".
The development delighted the Israeli government, but angered Palestinians who want the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
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"It's a recognition of reality", Bolton said on ABC's "This Week".
Trump has said the opening is meant to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment.
Since Mar. 30, 42 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the weekly protests aimed primarily against the decade-long blockade of Gaza. These qualities actually characterize open-minded, tolerant Tel Aviv rather than Jerusalem, which, following the embassy move, will become tougher, introverted and more inconsiderate. But the following December, he then announced he was going to fulfill his campaign promise to move the embassy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The Trump administration is also pushing other allies to relocate their embassies, a policy that is being met with good reception despite media reports indicating otherwise, multiple sources confirmed.
On Sunday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya headed to Cairo for talks amid speculation over whether Egypt is attempting to calm the situation.
"Tragically, the USA administration has chosen to side with Israel's exclusivist claims over a city that has for centuries been sacred to all faiths", he said in a statement.
Friedman in the past has been a supporter of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Bolton's comments come just one day before the U.S. Israeli embassy in Jerusalem is set to open.