Guterres decries Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories

Kushner discussed moving US embassy to Jerusalem with Netanyahu report

Palestinian leaders have continued to express their support for a two-state solution, but a State Department spokeswoman said last week the USA did not want to "bias one side over the other" in peace talks by supporting a two-state solution and no mention of it was made in official statements following a meeting last week between White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Last week, reports emerged that MKs would be allowed to visit the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, in a one-day trial on Tuesday.

At the time, Palestinians had accused Israel of attempting to alter the site's historical system of prayer and visiting rights, referred to as the "status quo". It was meant to help calm unrest that erupted in part over Palestinian fears that Israel was planning to assert further control over the compound. The three men were then chased inside the compound before they were shot and killed.

Palestinians have expressed frustration with Trump's approach and are trying to ratchet up global pressure for a settlement freeze, an action Netanyahu dismisses as useless.

"There will be no more uprooting of settlements", he said in the West Bank settlement of Barkan while addressing an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territory.

Prominent members of Netanyahu´s government advocate annexing most of the West Bank, which would make an independent Palestinian state impossible. Under worldwide law, all settlements are illegal.

The visit also included a provocative storming of the yards of al-Aqsa Mosque, according to Israel's channel 7, which revealed that Erdan has a plan for the city, composed of two parts.

U.S. President Donald Trump has declined to endorse establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel, saying the two sides must thrash out a solution themselves.

Trump had promised during his campaign to move the embassy to Jerusalem, meaning the USA would recognize the city as the capital of Israel in what for many would be a controversial move.

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