Two Palestinians die in Israeli airstrike retaliation

Phillip Cunningham
December 11, 2017

Scores of Lebanese and Palestinian demonstrators have clashed with security forces outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

An assailant approached the guard and stabbed him near the central bus station in West Jerusalem before running away, according to Israeli media.

Hours before he left Israel, thousands marched in Tel Aviv to protest against his government for the second successive week.

Turkey and Israel had improved diplomatic ties in recent years but Erdogan has continued to defend the Palestinian cause and has regularly criticised Israeli policy.

The status of Jerusalem lies at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Trump's move was widely perceived as siding with Israel.

A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Saturday that Trump's move was a "gift to radicalism".

Lieberman has long called for Wadi Ara to be included in his proposed swap of lands and populations as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

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On Sunday, violence erupted for a fourth day in the occupied Palestinian territories in response to Trump's announcement.

On Wednesday, as Trump made his announcement, he spoke about Pence's visit in his speech, with the vice president at his side. Two Palestinians were killed in the latest Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Saturday, that injured another 25 Palestinians.

Israel says that all of Jerusalem is its capital.

However, Mr Netanyahu, who has previously celebrated Mr Trump's declaration, told the president the city had been the "capital of Israel for 3,000 years".

Trump's move has sparked protests in Muslim and Arab countries for four days.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to critics in a statement before meetings in Paris on Sunday with French President Emmanuel Macron to be followed by a meeting with European foreign ministers in Brussels. "I am not prepared to accept this hypocrisy, and as usual at this important forum, I will present Israel's truth without fear and with my head held high", Netanyahu added.


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