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Guatemala opens Israel embassy in Jerusalem after US move

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales attend a ceremony in Jerusalem as Guatemala transfers its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Guatemala inaugurated its Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, becoming the first country to follow in the footsteps of the United States’ deeply controversial move that was accompanied by deadly violence on the Gaza border.

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Netanyahu Says Palestinians Should “abandon the fantasy that they will conquer Jerusalem” (HBO)

JERUSALEM — The day after the U.S. officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat down with VICE founder Shane Smith to talk about the violence on the border with Gaza and the new threats he thinks Israel is facing from Iranian forces in Syria.

In the interview, Netanyahu praised President Trump’s December move to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“I think President Trump did an important thing,” Netanyahu said. “He not only kept his promise, and the promises of successive American presidents, he also recognized a simple reality — the seed of Israel’s government is in Jerusalem, which is its capital.”

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Israel faces outcry after 60 killed on Gaza border

Israel comes under mounting international pressure amid calls for an independent probe after its forces killed 60 Palestinians in one day during protests along the Gaza border as the United States opened an embassy in Jerusalem. The United Nations has condemned the violence of Israeli security forces, South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Israel and anti-Israel protests have sprung up worldwide. Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has defended Israel’s “restraint” after no mention of the violence was made at the embassy’s opening ceremony.

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British PM urges all sides to show restraint after Gaza clashes

British Prime Minister Theresa May urges all sides to show restraint after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during clashes along the Gaza border. SOUNDBITE

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Clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces in Nablus

Clashes take place between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces in the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, a day after Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians taking in protests along the Gaza-Israel border as the US embassy opened in Jerusalem on what was the conflict’s bloodiest day in years.

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Shane Smith Interviews Benjamin Netanyahu: VICE News Tonight on HBO (Preview)

This is the first time Israel has put the Iranian drone they shot down in February on full display.

See @shanesmith30’s interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) on VICE News Tonight on @HBO at 7:30PM EST.

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Why Palestinians Are Willing To Risk Their Lives During Protests On The Gaza Border (HBO)

Hamas called for thousands to amass along the border with Israel to denounce the U.S. embassy’s move to Jerusalem — and demand an end to the blockade on Gaza.

Tens of thousands of Gazans answered that call today — and the Israelis responded with overwhelming force. But the more than 50 deaths today could be a reality check, and the body count in the morgue at Gaza City’s main hospital was higher than it’s been since the last war with Israel.

For many here, a decade-long Israeli blockade has made life so hellish, that they’re readily willing to risk their lives and the large turnout for these protests is a victory in itself.

Israel and the Trump Administration have already cut the militant group out of talks on a peace plan — a deal that will reportedly offer up four Jerusalem neighborhoods to the Palestinian Authority. But that means there’s nothing to lose if the violence escalates.

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