Palestinian stabs Israeli amid tensions over Jerusalem

Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its capital, while the Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as capital of a future independent state.

Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump stated that time has come to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the Department of State to start preparations for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to this city.

Israel will not be lectured to by a leader who bombs his own people, jails journalists and helps Iran and Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a sharp rebuttal to the most recent anti-Israel tirade by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Palestinian officials said Pence had been due to meet Abbas on December 19. A Palestinian medic said eight people were hurt, including two sent to a hospital.

However, Palestinian protests on Saturday were less intense than on the previous two days.

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

Israel responded after rockets were fired from Gaza.

In East Jerusalem, Israeli police attempted to break up a few dozen Palestinians protesting on a main shopping street.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the guard was seriously wounded and his attacker arrested.

The protests were the third and biggest in Indonesia since Trump's decision on Thursday.

He said that many Arab nations were increasingly aligned with Israel to tackle Iran's regional threat.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on French TV that the US move went "against worldwide law".

In a resolution long on rhetoric but short on concrete actions, Arab foreign ministers demanded the recognition decision be rescinded and also called for the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning Trump's decision.

"Radicals and extremists will use that to fan the language of hate", Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said at the Manama Dialogue security conference in Bahrain.

  • Santos West