United Nations chief Guterres meets Israel's Netanyahu in Jerusalem, pledges to fight anti-Semitism

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"It is also building sites to produce precision guided missile toward that end in both Syria and in Lebanon", Netanyahu said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, where he told his guest about the imbalance in the global organization treatment of Israel.

Speaking ahead of the meeting with Guterres, Netanyahu accused Iran of using Syria as a "base of military entrenchment as part of its declared goal to eradicate Israel". To avoid genuine "bias" in their pursuit of peace, future USA policymakers will have to accept this fact - and resolve to make indefinite occupation less comfortable for Israel than it now is.

Lebanon's foreign minister said on Tuesday he supported renewing the mandate of United Nations peacekeeping forces in the country for another year, despite US and Israeli criticism that the peacekeepers should do more to stop Hezbollah from gaining arms.

Senior members of Donald Trump's administration and Israeli officials renewed talks over the possibility of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a promise made by the US President during his election campaign, the media reported.

Senior Hamas official Ahmed Bahar on Tuesday said Guterres' visit was "unwelcome" due to the fact that the United Nations official has "a double standard, where he stands with the offender against the victims".

On Monday after meeting Netanyahu, he criticised settlements but also said Palestinians must condemn "terrorism".

"As UN Secretary-General, I'm committed to combating anti-Semitism", he said.

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Earlier on Monday, Guterres visited a Holocaust Museum and met with the Israeli president, Reuven Rivlin, saying that calls for the annihilation on the Jewish state were a "form of modern anti-Semitism".

It came as Israeli lawmakers visited Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Tuesday for the first time in two years.

The Palestinians seek all of the West Bank, along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, for an independent state alongside Israel.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, left, with Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah at the press conference in Ramallah.

"This is an Israeli message to the USA administration, which sought through an important tour in the area to do something in order to rescue the peace process", he said.

Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, including Islamist movement Hamas which runs the territory, have fought three wars since 2008.

On Tuesday, the secretary-general is scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Guterres stressed the necessity for the two sides to avoid incitement and resume a serious and credible political negotiation on the two-state solution.


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