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Jimmy Carter urges Trump to push for peace

Jimmy Carter urges Trump to push for peace

Trump will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday.

A nine-day tour taking in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Palestinian territories, the Vatican and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would be a tall order for any president.

"The prisoners who are on a hunger strike are engaged in a legitimate, nonviolent action to demand their basic rights, including an end to torture and ill-treatment, the use of administrative detention, unfair trials, the detention of children, demeaning detention conditions including sleep and food deprivation, insufficient medical care, solitary confinement and the denial of the right to education", added the organization.

In the video, the Israeli settler, who also appears to be protected by Israeli forces, was distributing chocolates to settlers to celebrate the killing of the Palestinian.

It looks unlikely Trump will manage to get Netanyahu and Abbas to shake hands during his 28-hour visit to the Holy Land, and the prospects of him setting a timetable for a resumption of peace talks also look dim.

"It's been more than 20 years since the legislation to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem became law, yet we have still not fulfilled our commitment to Israel to do so", Heller said.

No country in the world has its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem since the status of the city remains disputed in the eyes of the worldwide community. That distinction - Jerusalem, not Israel - reflects the US position that the city's fate is an issue for Israelis and Palestinians to work out through future peace negotiations. Netanyahu is a determined advocate of moving the USA embassy there.

Israeli intelligence officials are reconsidering future information-sharing with the Trump administration in light of reports that an Israeli spy's life is now at risk.

The Western Wall, part of the retaining walls of the Second Temple compound, is the closest point of prayer for Jews to the site of the Temple itself and thus the Jewish people's holiest place of prayer.

For Netanyahu, Trump's visit is a chance to reset ties with the USA after relations deteriorated under former President Barack Obama.

Both Israel and the Palestinians consider Jerusalem to be their capital.

Israel complained that a USA representative rejected allowing Israel's prime minister to join Trump for a visit to the Western Wall because it isn't in Israeli territory. Instead, the president will be accompanied by the rabbi of the Western Wall.

"We're very appreciative that there will be a visit to the Kotel (Western Wall)", Mariaschin said.

Trump remains committed to an embassy move and could reaffirm that without specifying a timeframe, one official said.

CEO and executive vice president of B'nai B'rith global - said the inclusion of the Jewish state l on the president's itinerary "shows the interest that the administration has in cultivating and building the relationship with Israel as an ally".

After negotiating that diplomatic minefield, Trump is scheduled to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial.


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