U.S. warns against scrapping Pence-Abbas talks

10 December, 2017, 05:25 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Trump's second-in-command Pence 'unwelcome in Palestine': Fatah official

A White House official responded by saying Pence "still intends to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas along with other leaders and thinks any decision to pull out of the meeting would be counterproductive".

Al-Khalidi added that "the U.S. in its decision on Jerusalem has crossed and passed all red lines".

During the protests on Thursday, Palestinians burned American flags and posters of US President Donald Trump a day after he declared Quds Israeli regime' capital.

The Coptic Church "excused itself from hosting Mike Pence", citing Trump's decision which came at "at an unsuitable time" and was made "without consideration for the feelings of millions of people", the MENA news agency reported. He is set to travel to Israel and to the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Later Saturday unrest spread into Israel when a bus was stoned near Arab towns in the northern Wadi Ara district, injuring the driver.

"The Arab League points out that members of the global community acknowledge Palestine's status as an occupied state", said AL's spokesman.

Israeli police said the protest was "illegal" and the Palestinian Red Crescent said 12 Palestinians were injured by shrapnel from grenades or by blows from police.

There have been fears of a much larger escalation of violence after Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called for a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising.

Roethlisberger: Unfair Of NFL To Give Smith-Schuster Same Punishment As Gronk
Both players should be back for the Patriots' and Steelers' massive AFC showdown in Week 15 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Smith-Schuster was flagged for both the hit and the taunt, although only the taunting penalty was enforced.

A Hamas source confirmed that the two men killed in the strikes belonged to the group, which urged Palestinians to keep up confrontation with Israeli forces.

There have also been protests across the world, mostly in Muslim countries such as Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan, Iran and Malaysia, as well as several European cities including London and Athens.

A woman was wounded by Israeli army fire during clashes at the border following one funeral attended by thousands in the Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis.

In an Arabic-language Facebook post Saturday, a senior Israeli military officer warned the people of Gaza.

The snub was announced by the Palestinian foreign minister on Saturday as tensions flared between Israelis and Palestinians over Trump's decision.

Five European countries on the Security Council insisted the new U.S. policy was inconsistent with past resolutions, including one declaring east Jerusalem to be Israeli-occupied.

"We encourage the US Administration to now bring forward detailed proposals for an Israel-Palestinian settlement".

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