Abbas snubs US Vice President Pence over Jerusalem move


Arab League says the US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is "dangerous and unacceptable".

Following Trump's announcement the Czech foreign ministry said it saw Jerusalem as the future capital both of Israel and a future Palestinian state and that Prague could only consider moving its embassy after consulting regional partners.

French President Emmanuel Macron told Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that he needed to make gestures to the Palestinians to enable to break the impasse between the two sides.

"We will seek a new mediator from our Arab brothers and the worldwide community", Maliki told reporters in Cairo before the Arab League meeting on Trump's Jerusalem decision.

The State Department that protests could break out in the region following the change in policy.

Rockets were fired from Gaza and Israeli warplanes carried out raids on the territory.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, confirmed the two men killed in the pre-dawn strikes belonged to the group, which has urged Palestinians to keep up the confrontation with Israeli forces.

"There is no alternative to the two-State solution", Guterres said, "There is no Plan B".

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Mr Macron appealed for calm in the Middle East and asked the Israeli premier to "give peace a chance" by offering a gesture to Palestinians, such as a settlement freeze on the West Bank.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the guard was seriously wounded and his attacker arrested.

The sergeant, a squad leader from the Givati Infantry Brigade, was filmed taking the fruit in the West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday.

U.S. officials said Mr Trump's decision on Wednesday last week to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will take at least two years to be implemented.

Erdogan also spoke to the presidents of Kazakhstan, Lebanon and Azerbaijan on Saturday, the source said.

"The European Union, cowards, are doing all they can so a pro-Palestinian terrorist movement can have supremacy over a pro-Israeli movement", Zeman said on Saturday, as cited by local media.

Security personnel used force to disperse most of the protesters and detained some, witnesses said.