Arab League ministers demand U.S. reverse decision on Jerusalem

  • Arab League ministers demand U.S. reverse decision on Jerusalem

Arab League ministers demand U.S. reverse decision on Jerusalem

The statement was issued following the announcement of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv.

A top official in Pence's office said the vice president was looking forward to meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi when he travels to region later this month.

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons on Sunday at demonstrators near the USA embassy as they protested Washington's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump's recognition of Jerusalem has infuriated the Arab world and upset Western allies, who say it is a blow to peace efforts and risks causing further unrest in the Middle East.

And in Beirut, Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannon on Sunday at several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered near the USA embassy. The Palestinians insist that they should establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital in the final settlement.

The Pope also called upon leaders to "commit themselves to avert a new spiral of violence" adding that they should encourage "peace, justice and security" for people in the region, which he described as a "battered land". Four people in Gaza were killed.

The assailant was identified by police as a 24-year-old Palestinian from the occupied West Bank. Comments on his profile called him a hero for allegedly carrying out the Jerusalem attack. Israeli media identified him as Yassin Abu al-Qarah, who posted on his Facebook page in recent days about Jerusalem, saying "our blood is devoted" to the holy city.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to Paris to see France's President Emmanuel Macron accused Mr Erdogan of supporting terrorists. Christophe Ena AP
Violence flares at protest near US Embassy in Lebanon

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the guard sustained a serious wound to his upper body and the attacker was apprehended.

In Beirut, the protestors set vehicles afire and waved Palestinian flags near the US Embassy.

They were blocked from reaching the complex by a metal gate sealing the road leading to the embassy, and security forces fired tear gas and water cannons to repel demonstrators who tried to open the gate by force. The foreign ministers of the 22-member states of the Arab League met for an emergency meeting at their headquarters in Cairo on Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon, including those who fled or were expelled from their homes after Israel's founding, as well as their descendants. They acknowledged that Washington would most likely veto it.

"Palestine has been under occupation since 1947", he said.

Indonesia's foreign minister left for Jordan on Sunday to meet the Palestinian and Jordanian foreign ministers "to convey Indonesia's full support for Palestine".

The violence, however, is being fomented mainly by those in the Arab and Muslim world and its diaspora, who have a different agenda when it comes to Israel. "I strongly believe this is going to move the ball forward for the peace process".