Israeli authorities have approved building permits for hundreds of new settler homes in East Jerusalem. The move is seen as a bid to quickly press ahead; as the seemingly supportive Donald Trump takes to office as US president.
Africa was long regarded as a partner of the Palestinians, but hoping for arms, development aid and cutting edge technology, many African states now seek closer ties with Israel. Cooperation, however, comes at a price.
A summit of Islamic nations has issued a unified response to counter the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was "not impressed" by the declaration.
The Israeli premier has claimed that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital "makes peace possible." The EU has criticized Washington's unilateral recognition, saying it undermines a political solution to the conflict.
French President Emmanuel Macron has called on Israel's prime minister to make "brave gestures" toward the Palestinian people. The two leaders fundamentally disagreed over the US decision on Jerusalem.
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