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Israeli-Palestinian clashes after settlers march in East Jerusalem

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Counterproductive?

There are indications that Israel’s leadership may have viewed the march as counterproductive.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested that protesters postpone the march until after Mr. Mitchell left the region, reports Deutsche Presse Agentur, a German news agency.

Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein turned down the request, though, saying there were no legal grounds to stop such a demonstration.

Mr. Netanyahu met with Mitchell on Sunday morning for the second time since he arrived on Thursday and, despite the protests, a US embassy statement described the talks as “positive and productive.”

'We're the bosses'

On a radio interview the night before the protests, the extreme right leader Itamar Ben Gvir said that Mitchell’s visit helped to fuel their efforts and inspired them to fight harder for their cause, reports Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.

As the protesters walked from the Western Wall in the to the center of Silwan, Mr. Ben Gvir said, “We've proven to Netanyahu, Obama, and Mitchell that we're the bosses in Jerusalem.”

In Silwan, the settlers were met by both local residents and leftist Israelis who opposed their march.

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