Abu Rudeineh: Netanyahu's statements and Israeli provocations sabotage U.S. peace efforts

Palestinian president arrives in Turkey

Under heavy security guard, the visit was part of a test to see how a renewed presence of Israeli politicians would impact the tensions at the hot-button site.

Sha-ath also said Abbas's speech to the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in September will deal with the Palestinian leadership's demands.

He also thanked Erdogan and the Turkish nation for their firm "stance against the Israeli measures in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and their provocations of Muslims".

In the West Bank city of Ramallah, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned Israeli settlement construction and said the global community remains solidly behind the goal of Palestinian independence.

The site is the holiest in Judaism as the location of two ancient Jewish temples and the third-holiest in Islam after Mecca and Medina. This path is the realization of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. The three men were then chased inside the compound before they were shot and killed.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that his country will never give up its illegal settlements on Palestinian land.

The two leaders stressed that there was no alternative to a two-state solution, and that Israel must stop its practices that "violate the essence and principles of a peace process in the Middle East".

It is believed around 500,000 Israelis now live in the illegal settlements.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, denounced Netanyahu's comments and urged the U.S.to intervene.

"We will continue our efforts with the United Nations to find a two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, living safely side-by-side within borders recognised by the global community, with Jerusalem at the capital of both states", he told a gathering of French ambassadors.

"From our side, we affirm our commitment and preparedness to achieve a historic peace deal under the patronage of President Trump", said Abbas, following talks with Erdogan that reportedly covered internal Palestinian reconciliation, Jerusalem and Trump's peace efforts.

"We do not want the holy city of Jerusalem, which we have served for four centuries, to dominate the news with blood, tears and conflict", he says.

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