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Britain to U.S.: Give us plan for Middle East peace

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Britain called on the United States to put forward detailed proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and described as “unhelpful” a decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Trump’s reversal of decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday sparked a Palestinian “day of rage” on Friday. Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one was killed in clashes with Israeli troops.

Amid anger in the Arab world and concern among Washington’s Western allies, the United Nations Security Council met on Friday at the request of eight of the 15 members - Britain, France, Sweden, Bolivia, Uruguay, Italy, Senegal and Egypt.

“These decisions are unhelpful for the prospects of peace in the region,” British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said of the U.S. move, which includes plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

“We strongly encourage the U.S. administration to bring forward detailed proposals for an Israeli, Palestinian settlement,” he said. “The UK will also do everything we can to support progress and achieve the vision of a lasting peace.”

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