Early on Thursday, Israeli aircraft hit four Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip in response to heavy machine gun fire that struck houses in the Israeli town of Sderot, the Israeli military said.
The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said 58 Palestinians were killed and almost 1,000 were injured in violent clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza Strip's border with Israel.
The stark difference between the realities of the two countries - Israel and Palestine - is nothing but a reminder of how the world is divided, and many countries have vested interests in keeping the divide alive.
In addition to protesting the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinians were also marking the 70th anniversary of what they call the Nakba, or "catastrophe", of Israel's creation in 1948.
The reports of Egyptian pressure on Hamas, the armed Islamist faction that controls the Gaza Strip, followed a visit by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday to Egypt, which has sought to act as a broker between Hamas, Israel and other Palestinian factions.
In the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since 2014, Palestinian Health Ministry officials said more than 100 protesters were killed and 2,700 injured by live gunfire, tear gas or other means used by Israeli troops.
Israel has accused Hamas, with which it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the border protests as cover to carry out violence.
There's no sign of a significant easing of the blockade, which was imposed by Israel and Egypt after the 2007 Hamas takeover of Gaza. The campaign, billed as the "Great March of Return", may have raised unrealistic expectations among Gaza residents - a majority of them descendants of refugees uprooted during the Mideast war over Israel's creation - that they would soon return.
The comments were welcomed by Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, who said Bardawil had "set the record straight".
With Israel lamenting that the Palestinian militants forced it to use deadly force to protect its own people, the IDF dispatched supplies to the aggressors to aid their recovery, but the terrorist-led rioters rejected the generous offer. "Take his word for it".
The United States opened its new Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Monday in a controversial move to the holy city from Tel Aviv that has brought wide condemnation. Paraguay is slated to do the same next week.
The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who with broad global backing want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as their capital.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki suggested on Thursday that Arab countries should recall their ambassadors to the United States in response to Washington moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.
"We are very disappointed at African countries which had celebrated the declaration of Jerusalem as the official capital city of Israel by the USA".