Israeli Defense Wants Palestinian Protest Action to Trump Ends

Tel Aviv
 Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman wants Palestinian protests at the discretion of US President Donald Trump to end soon. The action follows a Trump policy that recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"Our hope is that everything is calm and we all return to normal life without commotion and non-violence," Lieberman said in an interview on radio as quoted from Reuters Sunday (10/12/2017).

Previous clashes took place between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces after Friday prayers around the Jerusalem area on Friday (8/12) local time. A 30-year-old Palestinian was shot dead and 200 people were wounded in clashes in Gaza and Jerusalem.

In addition, a brief battle also took place at the Damascus gate to Jerusalem's Old City, where demonstrators shouted slogans and raised flags Palestine aloft.

The following day (9/12) a rocket was again fired from the Gaza Strip and crashed in the southern city of Sderot. Israel returned the rocket with air strikes to Hamas targets near the Israeli border with Gaza. The Israeli air strike injured at least 25 people in Gaza.

This rocket attack was the third attack on Friday (8/12) local time and the second since US President Donald Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday 6/12). The controversial decision sparked violent protests in Palestine, including Gaza.
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Head of the Arab League calls for recognition of Palestinian state

The head of the Arab League has called on countries in the world to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state with Jerusalem as the capital. The move was in response to the announcement of US President Donald Trump that he would recognize the city as the capital of Israel and move the American Embassy there.

Ahmed Aboul-Gheit delivered the call Saturday at the beginning of an emergency meeting between the foreign ministers of the Arab League. He added that the American decision was "equal to the legalization of the occupation."

He also said the decision raises questions about the role of America as a peace negotiator in the Middle East and around the world.

Some Arab diplomats also propose to submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council condemning the American decision.

The Cairo meeting on Saturday was held after three days of consecutive protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and protests at Al-Azhar Mosque. [vm]

Palestinian President Refuses to Meet US Vice President in the West Bank

A top official has confirmed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet US Vice President Mike Pence in the West Bank this month, due to US recognition of disputed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

President Donald Trump's recent decree this is a transition from the old American policy. Israel says it will not give up any part of the city, while the Palestinians want the eastern sector annexed Israel as their future capital.

According to international consensus, the fate of the city will be determined in negotiations.

Abbas, Majdi Khaldi, said Saturday that Abbas did not want to see Pence "because America has broken the red line" on Jerusalem.

Abbas has previously seen close ties with Washington as strategically important because of America's role as Middle East mediator . The denial of meeting with the Pence signified the deterioration of the relationship sharply. [gp]