Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma
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The U.S. ambassador in Tel Aviv has angered Palestinians with a comment downplaying Israel's 50-year occupation of the West Bank in the second such spat in a month.Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 war. The Palestinians have limited autonomy in 40 percent of the area, with Israel in full control over the remaining 60 percent. Palestinians demand the West Bank as part of a future state.The Yesha Council, which represents settlers across the occupied West Bank, welcomed the ambassador's comments.U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to restart frozen Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations.The Palestinians have grown increasingly concerned by Trump and his team – including Friedman – who have yet to publicly commit to the idea of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, the so-called "two-state solution".
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