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Trump moves exacerbate growing US partisan divide over Israel

With US public opinion on Israel increasingly divided along partisan lines, Democrats are feeling emboldened to take a stand against President Donald Trump — and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to leave a note at the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 22, 2017.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RC193CE34530
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US Vice President Mike Pence’s address to the Knesset on Monday was greeted by glowing praise from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition — and a bitter protest from Arab Israeli lawmakers.

With Pence promising to relocate the US Embassy by next year following President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 13 Knesset members unfurled a banner that read “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.” As police ushered them out, Netanyahu led his allies in thunderous applause.

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