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After laying low for several months, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made waves in the international arena by opening the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. Critics say the couple's role in the impactful and deeply controversial move is inappropriate given their lack of diplomatic experience.
Trump administration abandons peace push as Israel kills dozens in border struggle with Hamas, Palestinians
Donald Trump promised during his campaign to push hard for peace between Israel and Palestinians, and appointed Jared Kushner to handle the tricky issue, but so far has cut funding to the Palestinians more legitimate government, the Palestinian Authority, and supported Israel's use of force.
Striking image shows a chaotic scene unfolding in Gaza as Ivanka Trump debuted new US embassy in Jerusalem
The two events occurred roughly 50 miles from each other, but could have been happening worlds apart. At least 58 people died and more than 2,400 were injured in clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians protesting the new embassy opening.
Jared Kushner hypes peace deal as Israel kills scores of Palestinian protesters during US embassy move to Jerusalem
On Monday alone, Israeli troops killed 16 Palestinians, including a 14-year-old boy and a man in a wheelchair, and some 500 protesters were injured. The United Nations has been investigating Israel's use of force against the Palestinians, of whom more than 60 have been killed since March 30.
Trump has officially moved the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — and more than 58 Palestinians are dead in protests
Thousands of Palestinians were injured in protests at the Gaza border on Monday. Meanwhile, top Trump administration officials and Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu are celebrating.
Opinion: In 1995, the Jerusalem Embassy Act recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. For 23 years, the US has pushed off putting its embassy in the nation's capital. Trump has made good on this years-old promise, and the embassy will officially move to Jerusalem next week.
Trump, Kushner, and other senior administration officials arrived in Israel to mark the opening of the US embassy, which is relocating from Tel Aviv. Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last December, upending decades of US Middle East policy.
Many cities in Israel have been eager to honor Trump, with parks and railway stations planned in his name. The new US embassy will open in Jerusalem on May 14, with Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Steve Mnuchin attending.
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The call followed Benjamin Netanyahu's approval of Israeli settlements outside the country's borders, something which angers Palestinians.