Brussels/Washington — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that recognising Jerusalem as his country’s capital "makes peace possible", after widespread international criticism of the US decision to do so. This comes shortly after the US accused the Palestinian Authority of "walking away" from a chance to discuss peace in the Middle East by snubbing Vice-President Mike Pence on an upcoming visit. US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week has been followed by days of protests and clashes in the Palestinian territories, as well as demonstrations across the Islamic world. The EU expressed alarm at the decision, which upends seven decades of US policy on the disputed holy city, and the bloc’s foreign ministers are set to urge Netanyahu to resume dialogue with the Palestinians as he meets them over breakfast in Brussels. The Israeli premier said what Trump had done was to "put facts squarely on the table" by acknowledging Jerusalem had been the capital of the Isr...

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