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8:15 p.m. on 13 dec 2017

Israel’s prime minister is urging the Palestinians to halt what he calls extremist statements and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In a speech Wednesday, Benjamin Netanyahu said the Palestinians should “work for peace and not for extremism.” He said that not only is Jerusalem Israel’s capital, but Israel is committed to protecting the freedom of worship for all religions.

Netanyahu did not explicitly mention Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to a summit of Muslim leaders in Turkey, but appeared to be referring to it.

In his speech Wednesday, the Palestinian leader said the U.S. is unfit to mediate Mideast peace talks after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Abbas has been making similar statements since Trump’s announcement last week.

“All of these declarations do not impress us,” Netanyahu said.

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