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A Palestinian protester near the Gaza border. Photo: Thoms Coex/AFP/Getty Images

The clashes along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip which led to the death of more than 50 Palestinians today are turning into an international diplomatic crisis.

What's next: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had a conference call with Israeli security chiefs to consult about today's event and to prepare for tomorrow's demonstrations in Gaza. They are expected to be even larger, as May 15th is Nakba Day, which commemorates the displacement of Palestinians during Israel's founding.

Latest developments:

  • The White House backed Israel's actions and condemned Hamas. White House deputy spokesman Raj Shah said responsibility for the deaths "rests squarely with Hamas" which "is intentionally and cynically provoking this response".
  • South Africa and Turkey announced they are recalling their ambassadors in Tel-Aviv for consultation in protest of the events in Gaza. Both countries have traditionally taken a pro-Palestinian line, and have warm relations with Hamas in Gaza. Turkish President Erdogan slammed Israel, called it a "terror state"  and said "it commits genocide in Gaza."
  • Kuwait has asked for an emergency meeting of the UN security council tomorrow in New York to discuss the escalation in Gaza.

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Senator Jim Inhofe told President Trump today he'll likely fail to get two big wishes in pending defense spending legislation, bellowing into his cellphone: "This is the only chance to get our bill passed," a source who overheard part of their conversation tells Axios.

Why it matters: Republicans are ready to test whether Trump's threats of vetoing the bill, which has passed every year for more than half a century, are empty.

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President Trump has rarely met a conspiracy theory he doesn't like, but he and other Republicans now worry the wild tales told by lawyers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood may cost them in Georgia's Senate special elections.

Why it matters: The two are telling Georgians not to vote for Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler because of a bizarre, baseless and potentially self-defeating theory: It's not worth voting because the Chinese Communist Party has rigged the voting machines.

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John Bolton says Attorney General Bill Barr has done more to undercut President Trump's baseless assertions about Democrats stealing the election than most Senate Republicans by saying publicly that the Justice Department has yet to see widespread fraud that could change the election's outcome.

What he's saying: “He stood up and did the right thing," Bolton said in a Wednesday phone interview.