Israel, Turkey Leaders Trade Insults Over US Jerusalem Decision

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian youth during a protest against Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital Hebron West Bank

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. The vice president was scheduled to meet Abbas in Bethlehem on December 19.

Protesters try to remove barbed wires that block a road near the US embassy during a protest against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, in Awkar, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Dec. 10, 2017.

"We are deeply concerned about the recognition of the first Qibla of the Muslims as the capital of the Israeli invaders", said one senator Faisal Sami.

Several rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Thursday and Friday following Trump's declaration, leading Israel to respond with air strikes that killed two people.

Two members of the militant organisation were killed while the Palestinian health authority said 25 were wounded, including six children.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the guard being treated was in serious condition, while the assailant had been arrested following the attack at the Jerusalem central bus station.




The decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict emerged since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the Western-backed creation of Israel in 1948.

Trump's move has sparked protests in Muslim and Arab countries for four days. A Turkish presidential source on Saturday said that Erdogan - who last week threatened to cut off ties with Israel over the move - spoke with Macron and "agreed to continue efforts to convince the USA to reconsider its decision".

Erdogan also spoke to the presidents of Kazakhstan, Lebanon and Azerbaijan on Saturday, the source said.

Erdogan has called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss the Jerusalem issue.

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

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