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Palestine, Egypt confer after U.S. decision on Jerusalem

08 December 2017

In October, rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah signed a landmark reconciliation agreement in Cairo aimed at healing their decade-long rift after Hamas captured Gaza from Fatah in 2007 after days of street fighting.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., September 20, 2017.

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President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to advance plans to move the U.S. Embassy to the city has sparked outrage across the region.

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Such moves would "be at odds with the American administration's role as the mediator of the peace process and eject if from that role", PA Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amr told US Consul Donald Blome in a meeting on Monday, according to Wafa. According to Palestinian officials, the USA moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem or recognizing the city as Israel's capital is equivalent to siding with Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent Palestinian state, while Israel wants all Jerusalem to be the eternal capital of the state of Israel.

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"The Palestinians will remain a united front defending Jerusalem and peace and freedom and winning the rights of our people to end the occupation and achieve its national independence", he added.

Palestine, Egypt confer after U.S. decision on Jerusalem