Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

China seeks support for Israel-PA peace plan

China seeks support for Israel-PA peace plan

Altogether 1,089 "extremists stormed" the site, according to Firas Dibs, spokesperson for the Waqf, the religious authority in charge of the Al-Aqsa mosque. Despite calls from the Islamic world to not to offend worshippers and return to the status quo, Israel refused to remove the detectors, claiming the security measures were similar to procedures taken at other holy sites around the world.

The mass influx of visitors comes after almost two weeks of tensions roiled the site over increased security measures, including metal detectors, following an attack on the Temple Mount that left two Israel Police officers and their three Arab-Israeli gunmen dead.

It urged world powers not to support or encourage Israel's "illegal colonisation and annexation" of East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 before later annexing.

Trump has also vowed to fulfill his campaign pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki told the meeting that Israel's move to remove the detectors was a "small victory in the long battle for freedom". He reaffirmed a call made by Erdogan on all Muslims to visit Jerusalem.

Retno said that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states ought to collectively protect the compound to achieve security, peace, and stability in the region. Among the Israeli opponents of the plan, however, 43% said they would be open to the idea if the Palestinian state recognized Israel as a Jewish state.

Presented with options between a two-state solution, a one-state solution with equal rights for all citizens, a one-state solution without equal rights, or the expulsion of either Israelis or Palestinians from the land, a majority of both peoples opted for a two-state solution.

Trump's administration, that includes his son-in-law Jared Kushner, has sought to build trust for a new round of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Anifah said that Malaysia has urged the UN Security Council to shoulder its responsibility in implementing this historic resolution.

A new poll shows that fewer Israelis, but more Palestinians, support the two state solution, which would entail Israel giving up most of Yehuda and Shomron, as well as parts of Yerushalyim, for the establishment of an Arab state.

Kushner also appeared to express frustration at the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis, saying that "we've read enough books" on the conflict, adding "how does that help us get peace?"

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