The U.S. and its allies have been battling to prevent a full-blown civil war between the Israelis and Palestinians, as tensions rise over the fate of Jerusalem and the status of the Temple Mount, where Muslims pray.

    The two sides’ conflict is expected to be resolved soon, but it could drag on for years if they don’t agree on key issues such as who is to be allowed to pray on the holy sites, which Jews consider sacred.

    The U.N. and other international powers say they need to hold negotiations to reach an agreement on Jerusalem, which is home to the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites and a site where Jews pray for their God.

    Israel has said it will not negotiate, and the Palestinians want the West Bank, east Jerusalem and parts of Gaza to remain under full Palestinian sovereignty.

    The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

    Israel says the two holy sites are a pre-1967 border.

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