White House Backs Israel's Right to Defend Itself Against Gaza Border Riots

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

But the Trump administration has declined to hold Israel accountable for the violence, saying that the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas was to blame.

Israeli fire has also killed dozens of Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday.

Britain has no plans to move its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and still disagrees with the USA decision to do so, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Monday.

Alistair Burt, Britain's minister for the Middle East, said it was "deplorable that extremist elements may have been seeking to exploit these protests for their own violent purposes".

He added: "As the Secretary of State [Mike Pompeo] said, Israel has the right to defend itself". "[But] we continue to implore Israel to show greater restraint".

The White House on Monday placed sole responsibility on Hamas for the deaths of dozens of Palestinians who've been killed by Israeli forces amid demonstrations against the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

Israel, for its part, has said the demonstrations are orchestrated by Hamas and has insisted its forces are acting "according to standard operating procedures". More than 2,000 Gaza residents have been wounded in that time by Israeli fire.

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