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Clashes at Gaza border as US opens embassy in Jerusalem

A picture taken on May 14, 2018 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli soldiers keeping position and Palestinian protestors gathering along the border fence with Israel. - Dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on May 14 as tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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A picture taken on May 14, 2018 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli soldiers keeping position and Palestinian protesters gathering along the border fence with Israel.

On Monday, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s formation, the U.S. is opening its embassy in Jerusalem – a move that was met with thousands of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza Strip and West Bank borders, at least 41 of whom were killed in the clashes.

On Monday, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s formation, the U.S. is opening its embassy in Jerusalem – a move that was met with thousands of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza Strip and West Bank borders, at least 41 of whom were killed in the clashes.

The embassy was relocated from Tel Aviv. For many, the move signifies U.S. recognition of Israel’s claim over Jerusalem as its capital, potentially jeopardizing the U.S. role as neutral arbiter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians had laid claim to East Jerusalem, hoping to make it the capital of a future Palestinian state.

We get the latest from Jerusalem, as well as analysis from a pro-Palestine and pro-Israel guest.  

If you have ties to Israel or Palestine, what do you make of the embassy move?

Guests:

Ruth Eglash, Jerusalem correspondent covering Israel and the Palestinian territories for the Washington Post; she tweets

Sam Grundwerg, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles; he is the senior representative of the State of Israel to the Southwestern United States

Hussein Ibish, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, a Washington, DC-based non-profit think tank dedicated to issues impacting Arab Gulf states; he tweets

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