Bid to quieten Muslim call to prayer amplifies Israel tensions

Bid to quieten Muslim call to prayer amplifies Israel tensions

Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi said Jerusalem's move was "only the beginning of a very risky step" and called on Trump "to immediately tell Israel that (he) will not support this disgusting violation of global law".

Ivanka Trump's husband Jared Kushner arrives outside offices of Republican president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, Nov. 14, 2016.

Israeli right-wingers hailed his triumph as ushering in an administration less critical of settlement expansion than that of outgoing President Barack Obama.

Also last week, Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer became the first foreign ambassador to meet Trump since his election victory, holding discussions "with the president-elect and his senior advisors at Trump Tower in NY".

Palestinians accused Israeli police and soldiers of using excessive force in many cases, saying many assailants could have been stopped or detained without being killed.

The plan for 500 units in Ramat Shlomo, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood in East Jerusalem of about 20,000, had been on hold since 2014, Ir Amim said.

"The news from Washington is extremely good news for the Israelis", but "it (Trump's presidency) is extremely grim news for the Palestinians from Washington and from East Jerusalem al-Quds and they have to find allies around the world in order to survive", he warned.

One Israeli minister said Trump's win meant "the era of a Palestinian state is over" while Meir Turjeman, chairman of the Jerusalem municipality planning committee, told public radio earlier in November that it meant suspended permits in east Jerusalem would be given the green light.

There was no immediate confirmation of the move by the Israeli government, but France condemned it.

According to the report in Haaretz, Bennett "asked that the new administration not rush to embrace a two-state solution, but rather examine alternatives to the official American policy that prevailed during the Bush and Obama administrations".

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has been trying for months, unsuccessfully, to bring Israelis and Palestinians together for peace talks.