Israel lawmakers visit Jerusalem holy site after 2-year halt

Kushner discussed moving US embassy to Jerusalem with Netanyahu report

"I want to express very strongly the total commitment of the United Nations but my personal total commitment to do everything for a two-state solution to materialise", he said.

"There is no plan B to the two-state solution", Guterres said on Tuesday after meeting Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city of Ramallah. "It's an obstacle to the two-state solution".

Prominent members of Netanyahu´s government advocate annexing most of the West Bank, which would make an independent Palestinian state impossible.

Palestinian leaders condemned the move, with Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesperson for the Palestinian presidency, saying that the Israeli government was responsible for the provocations at the compound.

Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman meet in Tel Aviv on August 24, 2017.

Palestinian critics had seen the restrictions as an attempt by Israeli authorities to alter the site's historical balance of prayer and visiting rights, referred to as the "status quo".

Speaking alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Turkish capital Ankara, Erdogan said: "To find a solution and provide peace is not only in Palestinians' favor but also that of Israel". Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been at a standstill since the failure of US mediation in the spring of 2014.

"This exciting discovery is additional evidence of the deep connection between the people of Israel and its land - to Jerusalem, to our temple, and to the communities in Judea and Samaria", Netanyahu wrote in his post.

It is the first time Guterres has visited the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since he took over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1.

Jewish lawmakers were allowed to visit in the morning while Muslim lawmakers were permitted to do so in the afternoon although they said they did not intend to do so.

Netanyahu on Monday night, after meeting Guterres earlier in the day, again spoke of not removing settlements.



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