The ceremony was widely welcomed as overdue and a step towards peace while the bloodshed nearby in Gaza received little comment

Washington lavished praise on the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday – but was mostly silent on the killing of 55 Palestinians and injuring of at least 1,200 by Israeli security forces.

Congressional Republicans and Democrats, who last year reaffirmed a 1995 law calling for the embassy in Tel Aviv to be relocated to Jerusalem, granted Donald Trump a victory lap by lauding his historic decision. The White House blamed the violence squarely on Gaza’s rulers Hamas.

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