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Moscow Reaffirms Illegality of Israeli Settlement Activities on Palestinian Soil

Moscow Reaffirms Illegality of Israeli Settlement Activities on Palestinian Soil

Construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank can not help broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Saturday.

At least 46 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces who again deployed tear gas and live ammunition at the weekly "Day of Rage" protests against the USA decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Minister Coveney said he used his meeting with President Abbas to reaffirm Ireland's commitment and support for the two-state solution, "which I believe offers the only prospect for a peaceful and secure future for both Israel and Palestine".

Three other Palestinians were wounded, one critically, it said.

Palestinian officials are calling President Trump's threat to cut financial aid over failed peace talks "blackmail".

The US President tweeted the warning in an anti-foreign aid tirade on Monday night, writing: 'It's not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others.

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An Israeli military spokeswoman said "violent riots" involving rock-throwing youth erupted at two locations along the Gaza border, and some 50 Palestinians were involved.

Trump has said his decision merely recognized the reality that Jerusalem already serves as Israel's capital and wasn't meant to prejudge the final borders of the city.

Following this decision, the European Union called on Israel on Thursday, to reconsider its plans to build new homes in the West Bank, recalling that any settlement activity is "illegal" and likely to undermine the viability of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinian landowners can receive financial compensation or alternative land, however this law authorizes a further massive land theft of private Palestinian land by the Israeli government. "We're going to make sure they come to the table".

"According to global law, Jerusalem is an occupied land", he said.