People protest against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, near the U.S embassy in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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France said Friday the U.S. had sidelined itself in the Middle East by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but the EU's top diplomat insisted Washington remains a mediator as Europe struggled for unity in its diplomacy. U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem revived old tensions between EU governments that want to see peace in the Middle East but have varying degrees of sympathy toward Israel and the Palestinians.It is EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini who represents the bloc in the Middle East Quartet of the United States, United Nations, the EU and Russia.Mogherini stressed that all EU governments were united on the issue of Jerusalem and in seeking a solution envisaging a Palestinian state in territory – the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem – that Israel took 50 years ago.
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