Israeli Army Doubling Security around Gaza Border, West Bank for US Embassy Opening Tomorrow

(From The Washington Examiner)

The Israeli military is doubling the number of troops it has around the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank for Monday’s opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

The three additional Army brigades will be in place to contend with an expected flurry of Palestinian protests, army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters on Saturday, according to Agence France-Presse. Meanwhile, the handling of protests in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem will be conducted by police.

The status of the city of Jerusalem has been a flash point for decades as Palestinians also call the city their capital, and President Trump’s controversial decision late last year to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem brought the issue to a flash point.

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