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UN Slams Israeli Settlements as Main Cause of Palestinian Suffering

01 June 2017

The U.S. says its policy on Jerusalem hasn't changed and that Jerusalem's status must be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians.

The US president allegedly showed his Palestinian counterpart videos in which Mr Abbas was recorded as saying, "We incite and the Israelis incite".

"You tricked me in D.C.!" On the new reports, the source said: "Trump raised the issue, but overall the meeting went very well".

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Mr Trump and Mr Abbas met in person for the first time at the White House on 3 May, when the U.S. president boldly stated his desire to do "whatever is necessary" to achieve a lasting peace deal in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Netanyahu has promised the same".

President Donald Trump and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas give a joint press conference at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 23. Repeated efforts to negotiate a solution to the conflict and establish an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel have stalled. He said their problem was not with "Judaism".

Israeli emergency medical service Magen David Adom said in a statement on social media that the soldier was in "light condition", while the Palestinian had been "neutralized" - the term used in Israel to refer indifferently to when a Palestinian has been injured or killed.

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In the Washington meeting Mr Trump's administration called on the PA to do more to tackle violence against Israelis and end payments to the families of those killed or imprisoned by Israel.

The "stringent" restrictions on movement and economic activities are also cited by the International Labour Organization (ILO), where the Director-General each year reviews the situation for workers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza, Israel and the occupied Syrian Golan.

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