Palestinian, Israeli women protest for peace talks


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US -sponsored peace talks collapsed in 2014 over Israel's refusal to halt settlement building in the occupied West Bank and released Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

In January, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution confirming US commitment as a diplomatic ally to the Israeli government, and demanded that the US government dismiss any future UN resolutions they deemed "anti-Israel", following the passage of a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's illegal settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

Israel considers Jerusalem, home to holy sites sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians, as its capital.

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"There were very clear election promises, not to the state of Israel but to the American voter, of moving the embassy and I very much regret the delay", Mr Elkin told Army Radio on Monday.

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat wrote on Twitter that "the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem is the right thing in every respect - with a peace agreement or without any connection to peace - and therefore I am sure that the president will keep his promise".

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Sunday that the relocation of the USA embassy to Jerusalem is crucial for achieving peace.

Israel declared Jerusalem its capital in 1949, but the global community largely recognizes East Jerusalem and the Old City to be part of Palestine.

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If implemented, the move would be seen as the first step to a drastic abdication of longstanding USA policy that has largely adhered to worldwide standards on Israel-Palestine, which maintains that East Jerusalem is an intricate part of occupied Palestinian territory and the capital of any future Palestinian state, despite Israel's annexation of the territory.

The organization was established after the 50-day Gaza war of 2014 when more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed.

Tzipi Hotovely, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, spoke before parliament members from around the world who visited the West Bank and said the Palestinians want to wipe Israel off the Middle East map.

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