East Jerusalem must be capital of Palestinian state: Jordan's King

Erika Holt
January 22, 2018

Pence is not scheduled to meet Palestinian leaders.

"We warmly welcome this evening U.S. Vice President- a great friend of Israel- Mike Pence", Netanyahu told the ministry staff. "And second, Vice President Pence has been a friend of Israel even before he assumed his present position".

During a stopover in Ireland, Pence greeted USA soldiers at Shannon Airport in Ireland hours after the federal government shutdown.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with you in Egypt in the fight against terrorism", Pence told Sisi.

He told the soldiers to "stay focused on your mission". "The reality is that the Democrat minority in the Senate made a decision to put politics ahead of their military pay".

Al-Quds, al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said tens of Palestinians Saturday suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired at them by Israeli forces during clashes that erupted in the town of Jaba' to the south of Jenin.

"Trump's designation of Jerusalem as Israel's capital poses a dilemma for Egypt" Egypt, which receives extensive military and economic aid from Washington, but does not want to appear dismissive of Palestinian concerns.

"The United States certainly wants to be honest, but we don't want to be a broker", Pence once told the Christian Broadcasting Network in 2010.

These views were expressed by Jordan's King Abdullah while talking to US Vice President Mike Pence, in Amman on Sunday.

His trip will also follow Tuesday's announcement that the U.S.is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which provides health care, education and social services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Trump's announcement, which also set in motion the process of moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, prompted Palestinians to reject the United States as a peace broker.

Though Pence intends to discuss counterterrorism issues throughout the trip, the Jerusalem decision remains a hot topic. But the vice president also is expected to face questions about Israel's future.

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Pence had wanted the Trump administration to convey "a clear-cut policy" on Jerusalem after the president asked him last summer to visit the Middle East, White House officials have said.

Productive discussion with Egyptian President @AlsisiOfficial on a range of issues.

Pence has long aligned himself with Israel.

Sa'eb Erekat, Secretary of the Palestinian Authority's Executive Committee, highlighted in a statement on Sunday the pursuit of Washington and Tel Aviv to annex settlements and to proclaim full control across the Jordan River area and regional waters, a bid that constitutes a state of apartheid, and reiterated the PA's leadership rejection of such plans. The US has called on the European Union to also recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government. One Israeli has been killed in that time.

As Indiana's governor, Pence signed a bill requiring the state to divest from any business that engaged in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement — a grassroots worldwide boycott movement against Israel. He also is scheduled to visit the Western Wall and Yad Vashem. Rose said of their site visits.

Asked this week to react on Abbas's comments, an European Union spokesperson referred to the EU's position "not to comment on comments".

The vice president said after meeting Saturday with Egypt's President Fatah Abdel el-Sissi that he emphasized the USA commitment to the peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinian Authority.

"My perception was that he was encouraged by that message", said the former IN governor, who himself played a key role IN the decision.

Pence remains popular with evangelical voters in the USA, a large and influential constituency that helped propel Trump to victory in last year's election. So know this: "Your president, your vice president and the American people are not going to put up with it".

Pence was in Egypt on the first leg of a three-country tour that includes stops in Jordan and Israel.

"He's an extension of evangelicalism and evangelical feelings for Israel, and its history", Eckstein said.

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