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JOHN VAUSE, CNN ANCHOR: This is CNN Newsroom live from Los Angeles, ahead this hour with dozens of protestors are killed in Gaza, a terrible ceremony across the border in Jerusalem as the U.S. builds (ph) its new embassy.
Also ahead Iran turns to Russia as its foreign (inaudible) Moscow and other European allies to save the nuclear deal the U.S. abandoned. Also ahead, molten lava is spewing into the air at and new volcanic fissures like these are cracking wide open in Hawaii. Hello, welcome to our viewers all around the world, I'm John Vause this is the third and last hour of Newsroom LA.
It is 9 A.M. in Gaza where more Palestinian protestors along the border with Israel are expected in the coming hours. The Palestinian health ministry says Israeli forces killed at least 58 people on Monday, they were protesting the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and Israel's (inaudible) many years ago. Israel says it was defending its border against unmasked terrorist operation.
Palestinian leaders call a horrific massacre, protestors threw rocks in (inaudible) of cartels, Israeli forces responded with live ammunition and drones dropping tear gas. The Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas is reacting to the U.S. Embassy move saying this, "Before we had similar outposts with American help but today we have an American settlement outpost in East Jerusalem."
On this Tuesday the Palestinians will mark what they call Nakba (ph) -- the catastrophe, the anniversary of the displacement of Palestinian's in 1948 when Israel declared independence. And protestors are vowing to keep trying to cross Gaza's border into Israel despite the blood shed on Monday. We begin now with the very latest from Ian Lee in Gaza.
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IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Not only has this been the deadliest day in the past seven weeks of protests but it's the deadliest day since the 2014 war and its really all lead up to today and tomorrow with Palestinian's coming out in the tens of thousands along here on the border. What they say what they want to do is they want to cross that border fence to get to the other side into Israel to lands they say they lost during the 1948 war.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): We've come out today as peaceful Palestinian Neuf (ph) on the border to send a message that we have Palestinian lands that were stolen in 1948 and we are here to reclaim these lands by any method.
LEE: Israel for its part says, that's not going to happen. And they say they're going to use non lethal means at first, like tear gas, and we've seen drones dropping tear gas on crowds and then they say if that doesn't work then they will use lethal means, live fire and today we have heard it. In the Northern part we've heard heavy automatic gun fire, in the South we've heard tanks firing shots, and then in the North we've also seen air strikes.
Israeli military saying that they had targeted five Hamas sites in the North and it just kind of shows you how deadly this day has been because you've had these large numbers of people. Another thing we've watched too, are Palestinians they have sling shots, but they also have kites and they've been lighting these kites on fire, letting them go, these kites then fly across the border into dry fields starting brush fires on the other side into Israel. And so that's why you're having this become such a deadly day.
Palestinians say they're going to keep it up. They want to try to return over, they're angry, they're angry about the current political situation, they're also angry about the United States moving their embassy to Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel. So, don't expect this to go away any time soon as they continue to vent their anger. Ian Lee, CNN in Gaza.
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VAUSE: Live to Jerusalem now, CNN's senior international diplomatic editor Nic Robertson. So Nic, the underlying premise behind the move according the U.S., is a civil recognition of reality. Facts on the ground, is the Presidential son in law and White House advisor Jared Kushner, listen to this.
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JARED KUSHNER, WHITE HOUSE ADVISOR: As Israel turns 70 the search for lasting to peace turns over a new leaf. One of realism and of not being afraid to stand strongly with our allies for what is good, for what is right, and for what is true. When there - thank you.
KUSHNER: When there is peace in this region we will look back upon this day and remember that the journey to peace started with a strong America recognizing the truth.
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VAUSE: So Nic, could this actually be the day when the U.S. finally admits what the Palestinians have been saying for years, that it's not a neutral broker in the maze (ph) peace process. It's from the other side of Israel and now everyone knows it.
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: It doesn't seem to be, the under (ph) U.S. Secretary of State, John Sullivan, who is the most senior representative from the U.S. State Department, you know the United States diplomatic com if you will, we're hearing that from Jared Kushner, advisor to the President.
What John Sullivan is saying is look, we still believe that there's a two state solution possible. He certainly didn't recuse the United States from being an arbiter to bring about a two state solution. He said, the precise boundaries of Jerusalem are still - can still be negotiated, that's not determined. Who controls the holy sites? That's still not determined.
So, you know from the United States perspective at the moment, it still sees itself -- this is coming from the State Department again, the arm of diplomacy of the U.S. government for President Trump, they still see themselves as the country, as the administration that can play a role here.
However, what we're increasingly seeing across a range of issues, the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement last week, the position that the United States is taken opening the embassy, the fact that the United States hasn't condemned what happened, hasn't condemned the Israeli government for what happened in Gaza yesterday in the way that the Europeans have. That the United States is becoming more isolated from its allies and that means Israel's position is also becoming more isolated, although the United States and Israel are stronger together.
So, at the moment, although the United States is not saying it, it seems to be on the mind of a lot of others, but has no one else has another plan at the moment, this still stands with the United States as the country that could try to bring the two sides together here.
VAUSE: What is interesting though is that by moving the embassy to Jerusalem, the U.S. is saying that issue is now off the table. Well the Palestinian's don't see it that way and then other side of the negotiations, they're not talking to the Americans at the moment. So there is a peace plan and Jared Kushner apparently presented to Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend. Preciously, how are those negotiations going to happen if the Palestinian's aren't talking to the U.S., and doesn't that just sort of essentially erase their role as mediators?
ROBERTSON: You know if there's no effective mediation, if a mediator can't bring the two sides together, then the mediator has clearly out played, or over played, or under played their hand and no longer has a role. And perhaps that's what we're trying to see the Palestinians do at the moment.
When President Trump met with Prime Minister Benny (ph) Netanyahu, that was in February this year, he had a very strong - President Trump had a very strong and very clear message for the Palestinians, even though there's still what that part of the peace plan that might be a concession for the Israelis, that might bring compromise from both sides isn't apparent yet.
But President Trump said the money is on the table for the Palestinian's. You need to come to the table, negotiate peace, the money is there on the table. It sounded, from President Trump's perspective, as if it was very much a financial incentive and somehow this financial incentive was going to help bridge the gap, but we just haven't heard what the United States position towards the Palestinians can be to convince them to come back to the table.
President Mahmoud Abbas has turned his back on the United States, it will be down to his allies and his supporters to convince him that he needs to negotiate in good faith through U.S. mediation. At the moment what is hearing for the likes of Turkey, for the likes of South Africa, for the likes of France and Germany is a position particularly on the opening of the embassy.
Particularly on the situation in Gaza is not something that's going to convince him there's sufficient international pressure on him to compromise. At the same time we didn't see widespread protests in the West Bank yesterday. So it does question the mood of how much leaders like Abbas in the West Bank want to bring out popular support for what Hamas, an organization that he certainly doesn't support, is organizing within Gaza, John.
VAUSE: Jerusalem was always a final status issue, in other words, they're linked to the end (ph), because they are so complicated and so difficult and so thought with dangers of bringing everything undone. The U.S. insists that just because it's declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, its not taking a position on final status negotiations, which is kind of hard to believ,e but they do point out the embassy is in West Jerusalem which is predominate Jewish side of the city. Listen to what the Israeli Prime Minster though said during Monday's ceremony.
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BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: May the opening of this embassy, in this city, spread the truth far and wide. And may the truth advance, a lasting peace between Israel and all our neighbors. God bless the United States of America and God bless Jerusalem, the eternal undivided capital of Israel.
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VAUSE: Yes, the U.S. may say it has not taken a position on final (ph) status negotiations with Jerusalem but Benjamin Netanyahu certainly sounds as if he has.
ROBERTSON: He sure does and certainly implicit in his speech, I mean this was you know, a very important day for him domestically, politically, let's not forget this is a Prime Minister who's under investigation by - though the police, through the state prosecutor here, under investigation for certain allegation of corruption, those are unproven yet but the investigations are ongoing.
Decisions are yet to be made this is a Prime Minister who's been Prime Minister in this country for many, many years. We'll be looking for his place in history, this was an important day for him politically, an important day politically and internationally for Israel and absolutely one could expect him to -- you know for what of a better expression, milk that moment politically as politicians do.
But yes, his rhetoric, his language really seems to imply, as you say that Jerusalem's a done deal. But that's not what the U.S. State Department is saying. But it just heightens, highlights the difference of opinion and the polarization that's happening and this is something that's being allowed for, if you will, exacerbated perhaps by President Trump's administration.
VAUSE: Yes, interesting times ahead unfortunately for the region, Nic thank you. Michael Genovese is the President of the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University and he joins us now for more. What is interesting though here in the U.S., there is bipartisan support for this move of the embassy and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital.
The senator minority leader, Democrat Chuck Schumer releases this statement. "In a long overdue move we have moved our embassy to Jerusalem. Every nation should have the right to choose its capital, I sponsored legislation to do this two decades ago and I applaud President Trump for doing it." While there's bipartisan support for this move, what did the U.S. actually get out of it, apart from what appears to be a whole lot of violence out of the border and more anti- American sentiment among Palestinians and possibly beyond?
MICHAEL GENOVESE, PRESIDENT OF THE GLOBAL POLICY INSTITUTE: Well you know there's a reason why the United States said that we would move our embassy to Jerusalem years ago. There's also a reason why we didn't do it, and that paradox is kind of a fine line we've been trying to walk.
On the one hand, there is, as you said, widespread support for Israel, democrats, republicans, it's pretty significant. On the other hand, we pride ourselves on playing the honest broker role that we can bring people together. Jimmy Carter with Camp David with Israel and Egypt, I think what's different here is this President thinks that the Palestinians are disposable, they are not significant in the process. He's moving towards Saudi Arabia and trying to get them to focus not on Israel but on Iran, and so he wants a new power of configuration.
VAUSE: Richard Hass, you know, the international guru basically said yesterday, the U.S. has a right to do this, which doesn't necessarily mean it is the right thing to, which I guess is a fairly important point. The Trump administration opted to send two high profile televangelist to this event, Robert Jeffress, one of who anti-Islam and anti-Semitic comments and John Hagee who plenty of times is sermon in the late 1990's, Mr. Hagee to the bible made clear, that Hitler and the Holocaust were about six million Jews were killed. We're part of God's plan to return Jews to Israel. How did it happen,
because God allowed it to happen he said, referring to the Holocaust. Why did happen? Because God said my top priority, the Jewish people, is to get them to all come back to the land of Israel. If this is part of a specific group of either want questions who do believe that once all the Jew's have returned to Israel that will be the end time, the Messiah will return, and depending on who you listen to, he will then kill all the Jews. This is a group which is fertile and behind Israel and I guess Donald Trump as well.
GENOVESE: They are behind Donald Trump, and you have to think that Trump is an entertainer. And he's used to producing an entertaining television program, and the entertainment here was Jared comes out after being isolated and alone, he's been so invisible, I thought he was part of the witness protection program. His job was to continually praise the President, the job of the two televangelists was to play to the Trump base. They have given Trump a free pass in a way that is shocking to most people, that even angelical Christians could be so supportive of this President. And so this is a payback time. The President is paying back people and he owes them a great deal.
VAUSE: Most of all we can say (ph) is his unwavering stat (ph) that the White House has taken when it comes to this White House aid who joked about Senator John McCain and his battle with brain cancer. You know to quote Elton John, sorry it seems to be the hardest word here for these guys. Why can't they just say we were wrong?
GENOVESE: The president seems incapable of doing so. In part it's a function of his deep dislike for John McCain. McCain said he doesn't want him at his funeral. But it's also something that Trump has had a history of. He keeps saying "Well I've never asked God for forgiveness, why would I ask a human being." And Trump seems incapable because his - has such a fragile ego of saying" I made a mistake, I was wrong." Any man would - who makes a mistake would try to correct it, would try to right it, not this president.
VAUSE: He just plows on through.
GENOVESE: And what is so sad is that it's doing great damage and harm to a family that's going through a great deal of suffering right now.
VAUSE: Yes the White House just wanted to focus on fact that this was leaked, not the substance of the leak which means you end up with great headlines like this one, White House leakers leak about leaking. We also had Senior Trump Aid Kellyanne Conway warning the president would most likely be making some staff changes after this, is what she said.
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KELLYANNE CONWAY, SENIOR TRUMP AID: I won't tell you the process so much as to tell you that there are all kinds of leaks. Some leaks exist to hurt, I guess colleagues, some leaks exist because they disagree with the policies that are being put forth. But none of them are helpful and I will say there is something that's gone on in this White House but not as badly as it was at the beginning where it - it's not so much leaking, it's using the media to shive each other.
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VAUSE: No White House or no administration has leaked this much in your living memory. And a leaky White House is not a happy White House.
GENOVESE: That's a very good point but you need to remind everyone that leaking is ubiquitous, democrats and republicans. And what happens is when you have a grievance and a lot of it can be bureaucratic end fighting, some of it can be as Kellyanne said, policy disagreements but there are two kind of leaks, controlled leaks, the White House does that all the time, you send out a trial balloon. Or go out and try to get the reporter to just write something you want to get someone. As the Trump - or excuse me the Bush administration did with Valerie Plame when they --
VAUSE: Right and revealed her identity. Yes, right.
GENOVESE: The other kind of leak is a uncontrolled leak and that's what the White House doesn't like. That's when end fighting and dirty stories about your opponent, or if you're a looser in a policy debate, maybe you want to try to bring in another group or gum up the works. Watergate was about uncontrolled leaks and it lead to the destruction of a presidency.
VAUSE: Yes, I'm just going to read this tweet because we're out of time. But the president did respond on Twitter. The so called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the fake new media in order to make us look as bad a possible. With that being said, leakers are traders and cowards and we will find out who they are. Not all leakers are traders and cowards. Some of them -
GENOVESE: No, no.
VAUSE: -- very honorable job.
GENOVESE: And you know you can tell the health of an administration by the amount of leaking.
GENOVESE: A cohesive together administration does leak but not much. A chaotic administration leaks like the --
VAUSE: Like the titanic.
VAUSE: Right. Michael, thank you.
GENOVESE: Thank you.
VAUSE: Well the second round of trade talks starting on Tuesday between the U.S. and China, President Trump is suddenly softening his stance towards one of China's major Telecom companies. Plus after (ph) U.S. blocked American companies from doing business with ZTE because the Chinese firm had evaded U.S. sanctions on Iran and North Korea. But now Donald Trump said too many Chinese jobs are at risk, yes Chinese jobs, and helping the company as part of a larger trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with China.
Let's go to Matt Rivers now live in Beijing, so Matt this all started over the weekend with a bit of a head scratching tweet, here it is. President Xi of China and I are working together to give massive Chinese phone company ZTE a way to get back into business fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done. What's the back story here? Why the sudden turn around from Donald Trump who actually campaigned about taking on China - getting rid of this unfair trade imbalance between the two countries?
MATT RIVERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes you know we have seen a very consistent pattern from the Trump administration since the president took office is what he said about China in the campaign trail doesn't really materialize, at least in some sort of tangible way not that he is in office. That tweet, as you said, very unexpected over the weekend, seemingly coming out of no where. But what you need to take into account here what the president said about the whole broader trade negotiations. This could be seen from negotiators on both side, China and the United States on the part of the United States, as a concession on the part of the United States, because we know that China has made ZTE and the issues surrounding it a priority in these trade negotiations.
U.S. negotiators led by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was here in Beijing in the last two weeks or so, and we know that Liu He, the head economic negotiation for China is currently on his way with a delegation for round two of those kind of talks to try and avoid a trade war with the United States, that delegation on its way to Washington.
And so maybe what you're seeing here from the president is a way to throw China a bone there, and what we heard from a commerce department official who told CNN look, this is a confidence building measure ahead of these talks.
And so if you put all these pieces together, maybe this is the framework of some sort of deal that might be struck. We concede from the United States point, they concede on a ZTE issue, and maybe China concedes on buying more American exports.
I'm not sure, I don't think anyone is completely sure that that could be the framework of a deal, but by the president offering this up in this way, seemingly out of nowhere, he appears to be throwing China a bone that it was desperately searching for.
VAUSE: Oh, you're implying there's a bigger plan to all of this, that will be interesting. We'll wait and see. Matt, thank you, Matt Rivers live for us in Beijing. Well Iran has received another promise of support, as its (inaudible) sets up his mission to try and salvage the Iran nuclear deal, live to Tehran in just a moment.
Also new warnings to those on Hawaii's big island as lava creeps through neighborhoods, toxic gas is filling the air, hardly (ph) paradise, we'll have an update after the break.
VAUSE: Iran's foreign minister is crisscrossing Europe to try and save the Iran nuclear deal after the U.S. announced its withdrawal last week. Mohammad Javad Zarif is in Brussels today and will meet with E.U. officials.
He's also appealing to the U.N. Secretary General to officially report the U.S. for noncompliance of the nuclear pact. On Monday, Zarif met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, and the Russian president has once again expressed his strong support for the deal despite the American withdrawal.
For more now from Iran, Fred Pleitgen joins us live in Tehran. So Fred, I guess Russia was pretty much a given in terms of their support, but Zarif is in Brussels today, what are the chances that he will actually receive a similar majority of (ph) support in trying to keep this deal alive?
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT : Well you're absolutely right, John. I think today is really, in many ways, the money day for Javad Zarif.
It wasn't very difficult for him to keep the Chinese and the Russians on board and get those really full commitments from those two countries, because they've been reaping the benefits of the nuclear agreement for a while and they obviously want to keep doing that.
The big question is what are the Europeans going to do, because of course the are Europeans very staunch allies of the United States, and -- and really the big thing for the Iranians is they want European companies to invest here in this country.
They've always said they'd be willing to give this nuclear agreement a chance in a smaller version without the United States, but they need guarantees that European companies would be able to invest in Iran without facing retribution from the United States, and they put it squarely on the European countries to make that happen.
Now all of the European countries that were part of the original negotiations, Germany, the French and Britain, they've all said they're very much committed to the deal, but they have not come forward yet and said what they're willing to do to mitigate some of these concerns that the Iranians have.
It's no doubt that they're not happy about the U.S. pulling out of the agreement, but at the same time, they obviously do face a lot of pressure from Washington, we heard that a couple of days ago from John Bolton for instance, to -- to go with the United States on this.
It's quite interesting, actually. There's a good article on CNN Money with the head of Siemens, a big German company, speaking there and already saying he doesn't see how his company could further invest in Iran, because they have so much investment in the United States and they want to keep that.
So it is a very, very tall order for the Iranian foreign minister as he's in Brussels today. Very key meetings that he is going to have on this day, and the Iranians have said they're going to give the Europeans 60 days, unclear when that countdown started, to -- to see how all of this goes, otherwise they don't think that this deal is going to be valid going forward, John.
VAUSE: Yes, because the bottom line in all of this is that the Iranian response, (inaudible) in sense of, you know, they're so outrage, there's no spinning of (ph) centrifuges straight away, because everything is resting on how the Europeans respond.
So if Zarif doesn't have success with the Europeans and they kind of waver or they're wobbly -- go wobbly, whatever, what then happens to this agreement? It seems it's good and done and the centrifuges start spinning, is that the plan?
PLEITGEN: Well yes, basically. I mean it's -- it's -- it's very difficult to see what exactly -- I don't -- I don't -- quite frankly, I don't think that anybody has a plan for what is going to happen going forward.
I think what the Iranians expect is they expect the Europeans to go to the United States to -- to tell them they're concerns and to try to work something out diplomatically with Washington.
And obviously if that doesn't happen, the Iranians are saying look, this deal is going to be null and void, the Iranians say that they can start their nuclear program once again and they can do enrichment on a massive industrial scale, they said, and without any sort of restrictions.
And at the same time, of course, I mean, you'll have to look at the domestic politics here in Iran as well. The hardliners here in this country right now, they're still sort of on board with Javad Zarif continuing these negotiations, but they're already saying that they don't really believe that this nuclear agreement is having or will have a future, John.
VAUSE: Yes, there -- there's a lot of pressure on Hassan Rouhani, the president right now to try and keep those hardliners at bay and keep this all (ph) obviously the (ph) deal in tact in some form. Fred, thanks for being here, we appreciate it. Well Gaza has been hit with its deadliest day in four years. Just
ahead, what comes next for the Palestinians and for whatever's left of a peace process.
[02:30:27] VAUSE: You're watching CNN NEWSROOM live from Los Angeles. I'm John Vause. We'll check the headlines this hour. Donald Trump now wants to rescue Chinese phone maker ZTE, a company the U.S. recently penalized for violating sanctions on Iran and North Korea. The president says helping ZTE would be part of a larger trade deal with China. The two companies sit down in trade talks in Washington starting Tuesday. Melania Trump is expected to make a full recovery after being treated for a benign kidney condition. She spent the next two days in hospital. President Trump was at the White House during her procedure, but visited his wife late Monday. Just days to go before Britain's royal wedding, "TMZ" reports Meghan Markle's father has decided not to attend, these comes after it was reported he staged photos of himself preparing for the ceremony.
Kensington Palace has not confirmed whether or not he'll be there. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are asking for privacy for her father. Israelis and Palestinians are bracing for another day of protests after the deadliest clashes in Gaza in year. The Gaza Health Ministry says at least 58 protesters were killed by Israeli Forces. Well, there's 80 kilometers away, the U.S. was opening its newly relocated embassy in Jerusalem. The Palestinians are outraged by the U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. They say it undermines their claim their part of the city. The violence and the embassy moved do not bode well for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. I spoke earlier with journalist Haviv Gur who says it's not just the Trump administration which bears the blame.
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HAVIV GUR, ISRAELI JOURNALIST: The Obama administration made a very big show of being very pro-Israel and even as the peace process ground to a halt. They signed a very significant deal, you know, military aide deal that I think was a -- was a sign also of the Obama administration's commitment to Israel. The Palestinians have a larger problem than just the Trump administration. We have seen almost no response from Democrats to the embassy move. We saw Democrats come out very forcefully when Trump left the Iran nuclear deal. But on the Palestinian question, I think the Palestinian's face an international community certainly American Democrats and quite an increasingly in the Arab world who don't - who -- while they don't like the Israeli behavior are ensure the Palestinians are capable of ending the conflict either. And so you actually have them trying to maneuver between, you know, the Trump administration which certainly is on Israel's side and all sorts of groups Europeans, Arabs, Democrats who would like to be helping the Palestinians, but feel a little burned because of Obama's attempts and how those attempts never bore fruit. So the problem her for Palestinians is larger and of course Netanyahu is going to make the most of it if he can.
(END VIDEO CLIP) VAUSE: And it's not just the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem which
has Palestinians angry. This latest wave of protests started weeks ago. Here's a Palestinian Journalist Daoud Kuttab.
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DAOUD KUTTAB, PALESTINIAN JOURNALIST: It's (INAUDIBLE) surprising that the world and the U.S. is not even condemning the shooting of unarmed protesters. These are people who are totally unarmed. You have journalists. You have people who are medics who are being shot, children who are being shot. The Israelis are committing a massacre and the reason that people are protesting is very simple. They've lost hope. The move of the embassy was the last nail in the coffin of any kind of a potential Palestinian-Israeli Agreement.
And when people see that the U.S. and Israel are not even paying attention to their situation when the blockade here lasted 11 years, people have lost hope and they're desperate, and they're doing what most people do which is that the exploding and people knew this, and the Israelis knew that people are exploding, yet they didn't lift the seeds. They did not do anything to relieve the pressure on Palestinians in Gaza. The U.S. position is totally colluding with Israel. They're actually giving a green light to the Israel to continue to shoot and kill unarmed civilians. And this is totally unacceptable. It's a crime. It's a war crime that must be punished for.
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VAUSE: And critics say by moving their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it now is increasingly difficult for the U.S. to play the honest broker in the statement Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group tells CNN the embassy's opening is seen as a win for Donald Trump even with the violence in Gaza.
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IAN BREMMER, PRESIDENT, EURASIA GROUP: The Israelis are happy and the pro-Israel lobby is the United States is very happy.
[02:35:04] The evangelicals are very happy, and they're there in force, and that certainly is Trump's space. I don't think there's any Palestinians in Trump's base. And so as a consequence when you say, well, this isn't a win. It's not sustainable, you know, even the Israeli left today doesn't talk much about a two-state solution because the Palestinians aren't really a threat to them and we've been dealing with this kind of violence. It's been not as bad, but for decades now, right? And so you just get inured to it. President Trump said it very well, walls work, and nowhere do walls work better in the world than separating the Palestinians from the Israelis.
And as long as you're not Palestinian, what's the problem, right? And if we don't care about the Palestinians, it's a great day. We're jubilant, right? That's what we're hearing and the problem is that if you're Palestinian, you feel like you've been lied to for decades by the Americans trying to be an honest broker for the two-state solution. By the Europeans saying, you've got to put sanctions and boycotts on them to make it difficult for them. By the United Nations saying that you really care. By your own Palestinian Authority that's never got it done for you. And so as a consequence, what's left for you?
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VAUSE: We're also told CNN, the Palestinians are feeling increasingly isolated as President Trump shows up support from Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies. Well, there are disturbing new images from deadly terror attacks in Indonesia. Police say local families used their young children to carry out some of the ISIS-inspired attacks. And again, what you're about to see some viewers will find disturbing. In this video, there are four suicide bombers on two motorbikes approaching and then detonating their explosives at the entrance of a police station.
Police say an eight-year-old girl was one of the bombers and that she survived. Four officers and six civilians were wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility. Police say the husband, wife, and four children -- dead four children carried out suicide attacks on three different churches on Sunday killing at least 12 people. A quick break, when we come back, the volcanic smoke in Hawaii is nowhere near over. New cracks in the ground like lava, toxic fumes, and great balls of magma. An update, next.
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VAUSE: It is just incredible. The sound of Kilauea Volcano spewing balls of magma known as spatter bombs more than 150 meters or 500 feet into the air. Black lava has been flowing through neighborhoods and near a geothermal plant. That's not the only threat facing some residents. Right now, even taking a deep breathe can be dangerous. For more details, here's Scott McLean.
SCOTT MCLEAN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: John, there have now been nearly 20 fissures open up on the bottom side of the Kilauea Volcano. They are spewing lava and destroying everything in their path. You can see this used to be a home. Now, it is completely unrecognizable. You can also see that gas spewing out of there. That is sulfur dioxide. At best, it's an irritant. At worse, it can be dangerous.
[02:40:04] The problem here, air quality is a big problem here. A lot of people are lining up for gas masks. Officials say though the best thing to do is just stay inside your home. Some 2,000 people have been evacuated already and for very good reason, 37 structures have been destroyed already. Most of them have been homes. The most recent fissures that have opened up were quite active overnight and continued to spew lava, sometimes high into the air. The other big problem is that a lot of people are not wanting to leave their homes. They're wanting to stick it out. But police are saying that if their
escape routes get blocked off, they could be trapped. The other threat is the top of Kilauea and the potential for an explosion because right now there are these giant boulders that are fall into that main crater. They're worried that if enough pressure is created, it could lead to an explosion. The U.S. Geological Survey though says there has not been a lot of pressure measured, so that is good news at least for now, John.
VAUSE: OK. Scott with -- Scott McLean with some good news there. Let's get Pedram Javaheri for more. A little bit of good news, what have you got for us?
PEDRAM JAVAHERI, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: You know, we're seeing the fissures one by one come in at least one a day. It seems like the last several days. That's concerning in itself because we know the levels in the lake -- the lava lake itself are beginning to dropped. But of course you see the perspective over this. With every single one of these lava splatters across this region are relieving some pressure, but at the same time putting pressure elsewhere and that's the concern. In fact, the broad coverage of all of this, you see the triangles in green here.
That's -- or we have every single fissure notice the most recent fissures have been kind of just east of Leilani Estates and that's where we're seeing this progression. We're seeing -- finally migrate away from the community, but pushed away closer towards the coastal region and again, pushing to the 19 fissures now. We're seeing a drop in the levels within the main chamber there at Kilauea, so you see May 5th, 6th, and eventually on to the 7th. In the last several days, we've seen a drop quite a bit down to about 300 feet so meters beneath the surface of where it eventually started at.
And again with every single few meters of drop within the lava levels here, we're taking with it some debris, some boulders, some rocks down, as it goes farther down, the chamber actually gets rather narrow. So we're beginning to see some pressure build up across this region. As you heard there on the scene the tremendous amount of pressure that it would need for an explosive eruption is not there yet. We're still about 75 meters away before we see the lava levels drop down to the water table.
That's when essentially acts as a pressure cooker. You get intense amount of pressure that builds -- gets build up and then you have an explosive eruption much like we did in 1924. If that happens, enough energy could be emplace there, John, to disperse some boulders the size of trucks as far 20 kilometers away from the main area there of eruption. So definitely a concern and this again could be a long drawn out process, so we're going to be watching this in the foreseeable future at least.
VAUSE: It's just incredible to think how much longer this could go on for --
JAVAHERI: -- people in place, yes. Absolutely.
VAUSE: Yes. OK. Pedram, thank you for that. Appreciate it.
VAUSE: OK. We'll finish here with a, you know, from the story, happy story. The theme to the prom was Welcome to the Jungle and so naturally they had a caged tiger. Somehow organizers of the dance at a Miami School in Florida thought that would be a good idea. Now, (INAUDIBLE) to see if, you know, maybe some laws are broken. The video posted by the school went viral as it seems do and then it was deleted as these things are. The principal has apologized saying he knows some people were offended. (INAUDIBLE) and African fox were also at the prim. It sounds like a really wild night except for the tiger stuck in a cage. Doesn't look happy. Thank for watching CNN NEWSROOM live from Los Angeles. I'm John Vause. Stay tune now for "WORLD SPORT". You're watching CNN.
[02:45:29] PATRICK SNELL, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Hi there, thank for joining us. Welcome to CNN WORLD SPORT. For the last three titles, basketball's NBA Finals being contesting by just two teams, the Golden State Warriors, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In fact, Golden States have won two of the last three time. Plus full on Sunday, LeBron James and the Cavs suffered a pretty much jolt to their system, shall we say in the Eastern Conference Finals. More on that in just a moment.
We'll be start with that Monday night's Game One to determine the best in the west. And it was the Houston Rockets who lain wait for the Warriors. Houston, remember with the best record of any team in the regular season.
Tension is flaring to Draymond Green and James Harden had with the first of his 41 points of the night. Green with the technical foul, barely a minute into the series opener. Is that a sign of things to come? I want the Golden State trailing by as many as nine points early on.
But there's no need to panic, with lights of Kevin Durant on your team sheet throughout the 37 points as the Warriors win it 119 points to 106. And Durant was certainly enjoyed landing the first punch in the big heavyweight conflict with Harden, his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate.
Now, in the eastern, as I mention, because I hear will be the Boston Celtics withdraw first blood on Sunday with the convincing victory over Cleveland, defeat to LeBron. But he certainly, won many people over with what followed next.
James may not have had the best of games personally, but it was that when he talked about it all afterward, the way he's able to so effortlessly it seems. Pretty much record everything in photographic detail. James was asked what happened early on in the fourth quarter when Boston up sudden straight points. Here's his answer, and just look at how accurate he is.
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LEBRON JAMES, CLEVELAND CAVALIERS, NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION: We ran them the first possession, we ran them down all way to two on the shot clock. Marcus Morris missed a jump shot, followed it up, they got a -- they got a dunk. We came back down, we ran a set for Jordan Clarkson, and he came off and missed it. They rebound it, and we came back on the defensive end, and we got a stop. They took it out on the sideline.
Jayson Tatum took the ball out, threw it to Marcus Smart in the short corner, he made a three. We come back down, miss another shot. And then, Tatum came down and went 94 feet, did a Euro step and made a right-hand layup, timeout. There you go.
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SNELL: That's impressive. He can write my scripts for me if he wants. I guess that's why they call him a basketball genius in more ways than one. And I wonder he got a round of applause from the room and which he deserves as well.
All right, when it comes to the NHL, no one's captured the public's imagination quite like the Vegas Golden Knights. You know, expansion teams typically don't make the playoffs, never mind a conference final.
And then, there's the fact that this is a franchise that was fought to unite not just with each other but with an entire community just after the devastating shooting attack on the city late last year that claimed over 50 lives.
Well, the Golden Knights had lost the first game with their Western Conference Finals against the Winnipeg Jets. But on Monday night, they wasted no time at all in leveling up these best of seven series. Now this scoring twice in the first period, and when Jonathan Marchessault scored his second, Vegas in total control.
3-1 winners on the night, and we're having deftly to a standout performance from Marc-Andre Fleury, the man who want to be Stanley Cup three times for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Fleury making 30 saved in total. The Vegas Golden Knights has never even supposed to get this far, were they? But after the season they've had, would anyone bet against them? What a story.
All right, plenty of European football news to get us caught up on there to France, we go at Paris Saint-Germain appointed that German, Thomas Tuchel, has been new manager replacing a Spaniard, Unai Emery.
And the former Borussia Dortmund head coach will be in no doubt as to what his chief task is winning the club, his first ever European Cup. PSG have no problems at all their wealthy Qatari based owners are desperate for success. Desperate to win the conference biggest club competition. Namely, the Champions League. The Parisian haven't gone further than the quarterfinals of that tournament in more than two decades.
In England, it's a really good time to be a Manchester City fan right now after the citizens record their record-breaking season on route to the Premier League titles. Their title in fact, in 8 years, Pep Guardiola, star-studded squad celebrating with their fans who've just witnessed a superb weekend.
Remember, memories that will last a lifetime, I'm sure if you're one of those fans out there in Central Manchester. The club winning 32 of their 38 games scoring 106 goals, winning they're titled by a record margin of 19 points eclipsing. The United's record their great neighbors. They're also the first team in Premier League history to reach 100 points. Now, not of Silva, one of their young Portuguese players has just finished his first campaign with city. He's been talking with us tonight. I think it's fantastic to say a season its one you'll never ever forget.
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[02:50:35] BERNARDO SILVA, PORTUGUESE FOOTBALLER, MANCHESTER CITY: I think, it was fantastic the way we want it. The way -- the way we broke all the records, points, goals, and wins. We are still trying to go for the gap one.
But yes, it was a fantastic first season for me to be able to share that rest, and to be able to learn from all the staff, all the players. And it's been a pleasure, very different cold, different. The weather, the foods, but yes, you gets used to it. And it's good, people are nice, I'm enjoying it a lot. Especially, the football, the Premier League. And then, as well the city even though it's a bit different, I'm enjoying, as well.
The atmosphere at the dressing room is very good. From the moment I arrive, everyone, everyone welcomed me in a -- in a fantastic way. And the Brazilians, especially because they speak my language, we share this the same -- the same what language. Obviously, we're very close.
And as I felt, it's been a pleasure, we prank each other, we have fun at the training as well, because that's important to be happy and to have fun and to enjoy what you do. And they're big friends of mine --
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SNELL: All right, they look OK there in Manchester. All right, after cooling time on this 23-year reign, this Arsenal manager warning what is next for the Gunners now former manager Arsene Wenger.
The French was last game in charge a 1-0 victory on Huddersfield in .the arsenal team had won at 48 different grounds during his storied career. More than any other Premier League manager including his great rival, the Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson who could only manage 47 more. You can also mention the fact that Scott did win 13 Premier League titles.
Would you believe that less than a month ago now, until a FIFA World Cup, I tell you one player who just cannot wait to get going, Mohamed Salah, just re-reading English Premier League history books. Now, the Egyptian has his sights firmly set on Russia.
SNELL: Welcome back to CNN WORLD SPORT today. One country we won't be seeing at this year's FIFA World Cup that would Italy. After disastrous qualifying campaign, its surely do now have a new man at the Helm after the appointment of the former Manchester City, an Inter Milan head coach Roberto Mancini.
A 53 year old left his post at Russia's Zenit St. Petersburg over the weekend. This was by mutual concerned and after agreeing a two-year deal, he's now officially task to trying to restore national pride after his predecessor Gian Piero Ventura's failure to qualify for it's just hard to believe, isn't it? That it's the first time since 1958, the Italians will not be at the World Cup.
Speaking which the countdown continues to this year's tournament, it all started next month. In fact, it was the first time ever. It's Russia who were doing the hosting. It won't be long before tens of thousands of footy fans will be converging on Mosco's iconic Red Square when the tournament kicks off on Thursday, the 14th of June.
The host nation will kick off proceedings with a group they encounter against Saudi Arabia. Countries had to submit their preliminary 35 man squads on Monday. The final squads of 23 will have to be submitted on June the 4th.
Well, the first thing any host nation always wants to do is to make sure it gets out about initial group stage, and the Russians were fail. They probably have a pretty good chance of that. The host though are the lowest ranked team in the tournament.
So, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay will also be confident of advancing. A little for goal machine Mohamed Salah, sure to draw plenty of attention when he takes to the field to play for his country, Egypt. He wrapped up his Premier League season with Liverpool on Sunday, with a Golden Boot Award after the top score. Netting 32 times that's a new record for a 38 match season.
So, Egypt at the World Cup for the first time since Italian (INAUDIBLE), and remember, it was the last late penalty against Congo that got his country there.
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[02:56:34] HECTOR CUPER, MANAGER, EGYPT NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM (through translator): He might to scored more goals in the Premier League. But that's just because there are many more matches to be played there with the national team.
But if you ask me about the change in the tactics and techniques, I believe that he was a very important player in the system that we just stepped up. And I hope that he can continue in the same way with us moving forward (END VIDEO CLIP)
SNELL: Meantime, the Peruvian National Team has been dealt a big blow up. Their newest best keeper and their talisman Paolo Guerrero, won't be with the squad in Russia. The 34 year old is Peru's all-time leading scorer but the South American was hit with a doping ban after a World Cup qualifier against Argentina late last year. And that ban has just been extended to 14 months despite the fact that early this year, the initial 12-month ban was halved raising his country's hopes he would make it.
All right, thank you so much for joining us. Do make sure, by the way, you join us the later Tuesday editions of WORLD SPORT. Thanks for seeing here in Atlanta, thanks for watching. Stay with CNN.