"Engineering the demography of the population of Jerusalem in general and East Jerusalem especially, and the annexation of land... for example, just recently there were three bills... two for annexation, which will annex around five settlements around Jerusalem, which means around 280,000 settlers would be added to Jerusalem".
Around 50 or so protesters gathered beside the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa Monday May 14, 2018.
Pence credited President Donald Trump for being the strongest defender Israel "has ever had in the oval office" and accepted a medal honoring him as a protector of Jerusalem.
As the USA officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Monday, tensions rose along the Gaza Strip, spurring protests in Ottawa and around the world.
The White House told reporters Monday that Sunni Islamist movement Hamas is responsible for the deaths of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli troops during protests in Gaza.
Alistar Burt, the UK's minister for the Middle East, said: "The violence today in Gaza and the West Bank has been shocking". The moment was watched by Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and his and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as reported by CNN.
In Pence's view, a peace that benefits Israelis and Palestinians is possible.
But it was all about Trump, whose video address drew the largest cheers and chants of "Trump, Trump, Trump". Trump's top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reiterated that goal in a statement calling for "lasting and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians". Some guests were even spotted wearing "Make American Great Again" hats.
Erdogan regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and previous year held a summit of Islamic countries to denounce U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
"What a glorious day for Israel", Netanyahu said in a speech. But successive American presidents have been signing waivers every six months to postpone moving the USA embassy there for fear of upsetting the Palestinians and setting back peace efforts.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for his support on Twitter hours ahead of the opening ceremony.
"Given the current situation in Gaza, our attention is required now more than ever", they wrote.
"But ultimately it's hard to argue that this has made things more safe", Mr Bridges said.
"Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital", he said.
Most European allies skipped the event.
Pastor Robert Jeffress, leader of a Dallas-area Baptist church and a spiritual adviser to Trump, delivered the opening blessing, and Pastor John Hagee gave the closing blessing.
Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate, blasted Jeffress on Sunday in a tweet.
The killings have drawn worldwide criticism since the series of protests began.
"The president is making hard decisions because they are what he believes are the right long term decisions and not just kicking the can down the road", Mnuchin said.
"Historic Christianity for 2,000 years has taught that salvation is through faith in Christ alone", he said.
The evangelical embrace has drawn criticism from some quarters, especially liberal American Jews who oppose the conservative Christian agenda. Note that the plaque says, "Jerusalem, Israel".