More Than 50 Dead as US Opens Embassy

Violence continues in Israel
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 14, 2018 10:00 AM CDT
Updated May 14, 2018 2:35 PM CDT
Palestinian women run for cover near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel.   (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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(Newser) – The US formally opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, and the historic move triggered a new wave of violence. At least 52 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops as they demonstrated near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, reports the AP. The Washington Post reports that organizers of the demonstration urged protesters to breach the fence, saying incorrectly that Israeli soldiers were fleeing their positions when, in fact, the opposite was taking place. Estimates of the number injured ranged up to 2,400. Addressing those at the ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Monday a "great day" for Israel and the US, and "a great day for peace," reports the Wall Street Journal. Also:

  • Jared Kushner: The presidential son-in-law spoke at the opening ceremony. "As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution," he said, per the Guardian. As for Trump: "While presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to the move the American embassy once in office, this president delivered. ... The United States stands with Israel because we know it is the right thing to do."
  • President Trump: In a videotaped message to the opening ceremony, Trump said the new embassy has "been a long time coming." Trump, whose decision to move the embassy fulfills a campaign promise, said his "greatest hope" is for peace. He said the United States "remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement."

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