Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Donald Trump protests flare in Beirut

Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Donald Trump protests flare in Beirut

Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Donald Trump protests flare in Beirut

Updated 11 December 2017, 18:55 AEDT

An Israeli security guard is stabbed by a Palestinian man in a busy street in Jerusalem, while protests against Donald Trump turn ugly in the Lebanese capital.

An Israeli security guard has been stabbed by a Palestinian man in a busy street in Jerusalem in the latest violence since US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Key points:

  • The stabbing attack happened during a routine search
  • CCTV vision shows attacker pulling knife from jacket
  • Protesters in Beirut dispersed by riot police

Israeli police described the attack as an act of terrorism and said a 24-year-old man from the West Bank stabbed the guard as he was conducting a routine search outside a bus station.

The attacker tried to run away but was tackled to the ground.

The incident was recorded on CCTV cameras and shows a young man being asked to take off his jacket during the security check before pulling a knife on the guard.

The guard is fighting for his life in hospital.

It was the fourth day of violence following Mr Trump's decision to do what no other country had done before — recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he did not believe the attack was as a result of Mr Trump's announcement, but was instead triggered by a hatred for Israel.

Mr Trump's announcement was seen by many as siding with the Israelis and has drawn widespread international criticism.

At a meeting in Paris with Mr Netanyahu, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned recent violence against Israelis but also expressed "disapproval" of Mr Trump's decision, calling it "dangerous for peace".

Netanyahu says 'Palestinians must come to grips with reality'

But Mr Netanyahu, who has called Mr Trump's decision "historic", said it was time "Palestinians came to grips with reality".

He said Israel has maintained its capital in the city for 70 years and the Jewish connection to Jerusalem goes back 3,000 years.

"Paris is the capital of France, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel," he said.

"We respect your history and your choices. And we know that as friends, you respect ours.

"I think the sooner the Palestinians come to grips with this reality, the sooner we move toward peace."

But the Palestinians are in no mood to negotiate.

Dr Hanan Ashrawi from the Palestine Liberation Organisation's executive said the US could no longer mediate the peace process.

"We will not engage in any peace process where there Americans are in control," Dr Ashrawi told the ABC.

"We will take Israel to the international criminal court because we do need to protect ourselves and we do need accountability for Israel."

Beirut protests turn violent

In Beirut, anti-Trump protesters tried to march on the US embassy.

The demonstration turned ugly when projectiles were thrown at security forces guarding the building.

The angry mob was dispersed by riot police using tear gas and water canons.

ABC/Reuters