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Lebanese protesters held demonstrations on Sunday near the U.S. embassy in the Mount Lebanon area of Awkar Sunday to denounce U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

As a result, he will also move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem over the course of the next three to four years.

Phillips warned, though, that the president should make it clear this move does not take the place of any negotiations that would be needed to officially change the status of the holy site.

"Our hope is that everything is calming down and that we are returning to a path of normal life without riots and without violence", Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Army Radio. Israel claims the entire city as its unified capital, while the Palestinians want east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967, to be the capital of their future state.

The Palestinians consider East Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state. The protesters carried flags and banners expressing solidarity with Palestinians, according to Agence France-Presse.

The Trump administration has said it is still committed to reviving Palestinian-Israeli talks that collapsed in 2014, but jettisoning old policies is necessary to break the deadlock. The White House said on Sunday that decision was unfortunate and Pence looked forward to seeing Netanyahu and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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An worldwide consensus has long held that Jerusalem's final status should be determined through negotiations.

Demonstrators burnt tyres, the USA and Israeli flags as they pushed to break through a barbed wire erected by security forces around the embassy complex, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.

"We came here for a sit-in in front of the USA embassy to protest the decision taken by Trump".

Leaders in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, have joined a global chorus of condemnation of Trump's announcement, including Western allies who say it is a blow to peace efforts and risks sparking more violence.

"There is no alternative to the two-State solution", Guterres said, "There is no Plan B". The foreign ministers of the 22-member states of the Arab League met for an emergency meeting at their headquarters in Cairo on Saturday.

Along Israel's tense frontier with the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military on Sunday destroyed what it described as a " significant" cross-border attack tunnel dug by the enclave's dominant Islamist group, Hamas.