Security guard stabbed in Jerusalem bus station


As for the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, despite the Palestinians viewing the eastern part of the city as the capital of its future sovereign state, Erdogan promised to use "all means to fight" it, according to AFP.

"The President (Donald Trump) has asked Vice President Pence to go to the region to reaffirm our commitment to work with partners throughout the Middle East to defeat radicalism that threatens the hopes and dreams of future generations", Jarrod Agen, Pence's deputy chief of staff, said in a statement.

"It's unfortunate that the Palestinian Authority is walking away again from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region".

Israeli and Palestinian claims to the city's eastern sector form the emotional core of their conflict, and Trump's announcement was seen as siding with the Israelis and has drawn wide worldwide criticism.

Arab foreign ministers have called on the USA to rescind its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and for the worldwide community to recognise a Palestinian state.

Pope Francis on Sunday issued an appeal for "wisdom and prudence" in the wake of clashes over Trump's Jerusalem decision.

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.

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Israeli police say that a security guard has been stabbed near Jerusalem's central bus station.

The Israeli premier was speaking in a joint press conference with French president Emmanuel Macron, who has joined many world leaders in harshly criticizing the United States' recognition earlier in the week of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

European Union leaders, including Macron, have reiterated support for establishing an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.

The government of Lebanon, which hosts about 450,000 Palestinian refugees, has condemned Trump's decision.

Trump's declaration received wide criticism and opposition from Arab and Muslim countries.

"When it comes to those people (who are) upset, we knew that was going to happen".

Or, more precisely, to end Jewish control of Israel and place it under Arab and Muslim rule. Eighty percent of respondents said they do not trust the Saudi role and 70 percent do not trust Egypt. Egypt has close security ties with Israel, and the Saudis are believed to have covert ties with Israel in an alliance against Iran. The Arab League also rejected the American decision, saying on Saturday that it amounted to recognition of the illegal occupation of East Jerusalem by Israel, and ipso facto had no legal basis.