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Trump heads to Jerusalem over Israel-Palestine talks

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US President Donald Trump visits Jerusalem on Monday to seek ways to restart talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Trump’s visit is part of his first trip abroad as president and follows an initial stop in Saudi Arabia, where he urged Islamic leaders to focus on unity in the fight against “terrorism”.

Trump is due in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon and, ahead of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will tour two sites in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

His first stop will be the Kaneesat al-Qeyaamah, or Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

Afterwards, he is expected to visit the Western Wall, the holiest site for Jews.

West Jerusalem has been Israeli territory since 1948 and a majority of the people who live there are Jews. East Jerusalem has an Arab-majority population and was run by Jordan from 1948. In 1967, it was captured by Israel, which now occupies it.

Israel later illegally annexed East Jerusalem and claims the entire city as its capital. Meanwhile, the Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Trump will meet Netanyahu at 6pm local time (15:00 GMT).

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