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Clashes between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops erupted across the West Bank on Thursday while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and U.S. flags.The Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967, as a future capital.Palestinians shuttered their schools and shops on Thursday to begin three "days of rage" over Trump's decision. Israel, which claims all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital, has welcomed Trump's decision.The kingdom, particularly its powerful crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, enjoys close relations with Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who leads Trump's efforts to restart Mideast peace talks.U.S. Embassies across much of the Middle East and parts of Africa warned American citizens of possible protests following Trump's move. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has suggested that with Trump's move, the United States disqualified itself as mediator between Israelis and Palestinians, a role it has played exclusively in more than two decades of stop-and-go negotiations aimed at setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
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