Israeli police: Palestinian stabs 3 in old city of Jerusalem

Palestinians say it stems from anger over 50 years of occupation.

Besides, he confirmed Abbas's readiness to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at any time in Moscow.

Organizers said around 2,000 demonstrators marched to Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem's Old City during Saturday's event which was organized by the Standing Together movement.

The dailies said accordingly, Israeli police cordoned off the Old City and forced shop owners to close their shops before detaining 20 of them.

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Almost 400,000 Jewish settlers are now living in the West Bank along with 2.8 million Palestinians.

On Thursday, Israel's security cabinet approved the building of the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank on the road between the two cities of Nablus and Ramallah, to replace the West Bank settlement called Amona, evicted by and Israeli High Court order two months ago.

Hanan Ashrawi, an executive committee member of the Palestine Liberation Organization said: "Today's announcement once again proves that Israel is more committed to appeasing its illegal settler population than to abiding by the requirements for stability and a just peace".

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted a senior White House official as saying that "Netanyahu had committed to the creation of a new settlement and made a decision to market 2,000 homes in the settlements before President Trump directly expressed his concerns regarding further construction in the West Bank or his expectations of Israel on the issue".

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"He condemns all unilateral actions that, like the present one, threaten peace and undermine the two-state solution", the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, the French Foreign Ministry "condemned" the Israeli decision calling Netanyahu's move "extremely worrying".

Washington, Israel's main ally, did not elaborate, with a White House official only saying that Tel Aviv "made clear that Israel's intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes President Trump's concerns into consideration".

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