The celebration ceremony in Jerusalem was welcomed by all the participants who said that it was long overdue. Both Washington and Jerusalem said that the move of the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem was a step forward towards a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine. However, the raging bloodshed in the nearby Gaza strip received very little attention in the ceremony. The delegation that represented the Trump administration in the celebrations remained silent about the murder of 55 Palestinians in the long war. The conflict also led to the wounding of over 1,200 Israeli soldiers. Congressional Democrats and Republicans granted a victory to President Donald Trump by lauding his decision to move the American embassy. The resolution received a bipartisan vote from legislators across the political divide at Capitol Hill.
The Congressional vote reaffirmed a 1995 legislation for the relocation of the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. A statement that was issued by the White House press secretary indicated that Washington was placing the blame on Hamas for the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. Foreign relations and diplomacy commentators have argued that there was very little to alter the view of the United States in the entire issue. Only a few US government officials and legislators differed with the decision of the Trump administration and condemned Israel’s lack of response to the cry of thousands of Palestine nationals that took to the streets to protest the decision. According to one of the first responders to the aftermath of the protests, a 14-year-old boy lost his life.
However, not a single American is talking about that. Vermont’s Independent Senator Bernie Sanders said that the violence instigated by Hamas does not serve to justify Israel’s decision to fire live rounds at unarmed protestors. Senator Sanders ran for the nomination by the Democratic Party to run for president in the 2016 elections. The senator said that the US had an obligation to act decisively to bring Palestine, Egypt, Israel and other Arab nations to agree. He added that Washington should stop escalating the violence and take a neutral stand in addressing the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.
Another Democratic senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, also had a critical stand view on the whole Gaza strip issue. Feinstein said that the Trump administration must restore America’s legacy as a leader in global affairs in restoring peace and stability in the region. She also said that US government’s decision to cut aid to Palestine was uncalled for at a time when the people of that country needed it the most.