Palestinians to snub Pence during visit over Jerusalem move

Protests flare over Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

Last week, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned that Trump's decision "has the potential to send us backward to even darker times than the one we are already living in".

The attack comes as new protests flared in the Middle East and elsewhere over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday.

Despite widespread global opposition, the USA president on Wednesday announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Arab Leagues head has called the United States' decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital "dangerous and unacceptable" and a "flagrant attack on a political solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

She said Trump "did the will of the (American) people" by making a decision that previous US presidents refused to do.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has called Trump's decision "historic", said Israel has maintained its capital in the city for 70 years and the Jewish connection to Jerusalem goes back 3,000 years.

Trump's decision was met with global fury and condemnation from politicians.

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, has been a longstanding supporter of Palestinian independence.

The dramatic shift in Washington's Jerusalem policy sparked demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq and other Muslim countries.

The United States was "as committed to the peace process as we've ever been", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday. The Israeli military said one protester was arrested.

The talks come after French President Emmanuel Macron met Netanyahu in Paris on Sunday and called on him to freeze settlement building and to re-engage with Palestinians following widespread protests over the USA move.

Palestinians took to the streets following the US decision.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to the region, Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said on Saturday.

"It's unfortunate that the Palestinian Authority is walking away again from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region", said Jarrod Agen, a spokesman for Pence.

Various Palestinian factions, including militant organisation Hamas, called for a day of rage against the USA and Israeli occupation.

The statement was issued after an emergency meeting of league foreign ministers in Cairo and went on to say that Trump's decision also strips the US of its role as a "sponsor and broker" in the Mideast peace process.

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.

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