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?
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 @Ibishblog