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Security Council members criticize USA action on Jerusalem

Security Council members criticize USA action on Jerusalem

She gave no details but noted that past Israeli-Palestinian agreements have been signed on the White House lawn, and if there is a new agreement there is "a good likelihood" it will be signed there as well "because the United States has credibility of both sides".

Mogherini stressed that all European Union governments were united on the issue of Jerusalem and in seeking a solution envisaging a Palestinian state in territory - the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem - that Israel took 50 years ago.

In a later statement, Netanyhu said recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital "doesn't obviate peace, it makes peace possible, because recognizing reality is the substance of peace, it's the foundation of peace".

The brief statement was published just days after the news broke that President Trump would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a widely controversial decision that has provoked a mixed reaction from the worldwide community.

With Britain distracted by its planned exit from the European Union, France is trying to lead Europe in Middle East negotiations, organising a peace conference last January.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he expected Europe to follow the U.S. in recognising Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital, but the European Union's diplomatic chief said there was no change to its stance on the holy city.

"King David established Jerusalem as the capital of Israel 3,000 years ago".

The entirety of Jerusalem was annexed by Israel after their victory in the 1967 Six Day War, but Palestinians covet the eastern parts of Jerusalem as the capital of their hoped-for future state.

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The administration maintains that, despite objections from Arab leaders, the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital will not impede the peace process.

She also condemned "in the strongest possible way all attacks on Jews everywhere in the world, including in Europe, and on Israel and on Israeli citizens".

"I know that Prime Minister Netanyahu mentioned a couple of times that he expects others to follow President Trump's decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem", Mogherini said.

In a statement, the National Council of Churches that represents Protestant congregations in the US said Trump had worsened the existing conflict between Israel and Palestine and that his move could result in the death of some people.

Most EU members, including the bloc's biggest countries, have expressed alarm over the Trump administration's policy shift.

Four Palestinians were killed either in clashes or from Israeli air strikes in retaliation for rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Protesters chanted "Jerusalem is ours", "We don't need empty words, we need stones and Kalashnikovs" and "America is the head of the snake", as Friday prayers ended and worshippers made their way from the al-Aqsa mosque to the walled Old City gates. Many in Israel saw the Czech ministry's statement as an endorsement of Trump's move. Some 4,000 demonstrators gathered in Gaza City and demonstrations resumed in Pakistan, Turkey and elsewhere across the Muslim world as well.

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