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Abbas to boycott Pence as protests over Jerusalem continue

11 Diciembre 2017

Mr Macron and Mr Netanyahu conceded they help opposing views on US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital during a joint press conference on Sunday.

The violence came amid days of unrest sparked by Trump's dramatic announcement Wednesday. The snub of Pence signaled a sharp deterioration in relations. Lebanon is home to 450,000 Palestinian refugees, nearly 10 percent of the population.

British representative, Matthew Rycroft, reportedly called the declaration "unhelpful to peace" and French ambassador Francois Delattre voiced regret, citing the blows the move has on the long-sought two-state solution.

In one Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, demonstrators stomped on a picture of Trump and in predominantly Palestinian Jordan, thousands rallied in the capital, Amman, and elsewhere around the country, and some protesters burned U.S and Israeli flags.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting of his ruling AK Party in Ankara, Turkey, November 17, 2017.

This sacred city should call forth the best in humanity, lifting our sights to what it is possible; not pulling us back and down to the old fights that have become so totally predictable. In response to which I would ask how you derail something already in the ditch, if the more pertinent question were not how you derail something that does not exist. In the West Bank, there were dozens of injuries, but no deaths.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the guard sustained a serious wound to his upper body and the attacker was apprehended.

Muslims took to the streets from the West Bank to Jakarta on Friday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Ever since then, Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem - the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times. Palestinians see East Jerusalem as their future capital and are demanding the establishment of their own independent state. Upon departing for a diplomatic visit to Paris and Brussels, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was prepared to respond to critics. Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city's holy sites.

Abbas to boycott Pence as protests over Jerusalem continue

Security Council members criticized the Trump administration decision, saying it risked prejudging the outcome of final status issues and threatened the peace process.

One rocket struck the town of Sderot but no casualties were reported.

Palestinian militants in Gaza fired rockets towards southern Israel on Friday night, with Israel responding with overnight airstrikes which killed two.

I've judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

But Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University, saw Trump's words about the embassy as "just a grandiose statement on Jerusalem without a line in the sand". After a rowdy start, the protest drew several hundred people and became more peaceful, with demonstrators chanting and singing.

Backdrop: In the background in the Oval Office is a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, which resulted in the death of thousands of Native Americans as they were forced off their land to march on foot to established Indian territories. As for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist! China is now Israel's third-biggest trading partner after the United States and the European Union, and its second-largest export destination.

In addition, he condemned the Israeli police for using "disproportionate" force against Palestinian protesters in the past days.

Abbas to boycott Pence as protests over Jerusalem continue