Palestine recalls United States envoy after Trump's Jerusalem move

01 January, 2018, 04:14 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Israeli security forces

The move comes after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, setting off unrest and prompting the Palestinians to reject Washington as a Mideast peace broker, a role it has held for decades. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not accept any United States peace plan in the wake of Mr Trump's move. Palestine even stated that would have a day of rage over this recognition.

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Jerusalem, home to holy religious sites, has particular significance for Muslims, Christians and Jews. Thirteen Palestinians have died in violence since Mr Trump's announcement, most killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

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