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Netanyahu defends Jerusalem move ahead of Paris visit

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Netanyahu defends Jerusalem move ahead of Paris visit

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France is braced for more protests over Sunday's visit of the Israeli Prime Minister.

In Paris last night, hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists demonstrated against the trip, calling the French President Emmanuel Macron an "accomplice" for hosting Benjamin Netanyahu.

It follows the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Speaking on his departure, Netanyahu said he would not be deterred.... "I hear voices from there condemning President Trump's historic statement, but I have not heard condemnations of the rockets fired at Israel or the terrible incitement against it," said Netanyahu. "I am not prepared to accept this hypocrisy, and as usual at this important forum, I will present Israel's truth without fear and with my head held high," Netanyahu added.

Hours before he left Israel, thousands marched in Tel Aviv to protest against his government for the second successive week.

The Israeli prime minister is under criminal investigation for abuse of office allegations in two cases.

The first involves receiving gifts from wealthy businessmen and the second involves negotiating a deal with a newspaper owner for better coverage in return for curbs on a rival daily.

If charged, he would come under heavy pressure to resign or could call an election to test whether he still had a mandate to govern.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.