NBC Reporter Asks White House If Israel Can Just 'Kill at Will'

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Shah's remarks echoed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's insistence that Hamas was exclusively culpable for the violence.

It's seemingly a straightforward sequence of events - Israeli troops lined up along the Gaza border, firing machine guns into the strip at unarmed protesters, and scores of those protesters were killed, the USA is desperate to portray it as a "propaganda" plot by Hamas.

Shah also said about the deaths that "Israel has the right to defend itself". More than 2,000 Gaza residents have been wounded in that time by Israeli fire.

President Trump fulfilled a campaign promise with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

President Donald Trump announced his decision to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in December. The White House continued to defend Trump's decision and the move on Monday amid the violence.

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"Big day for Israel".

"We celebrate history in the making", said Vice President Mike Pence.

"Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response", Shah added, suggesting the clashes were "a gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt" orchestrated by Hamas' leaders.

"The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas", White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters.

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