Mike Pence has kicked off his go to to Israel by saying it was an honour “to be in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem”.
The US vice chairman has met with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu however has been snubbed by the Palestinian President, indignant about Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
Mr Pence obtained a heat welcome and positioned his proper hand over his coronary heart as an honour guard greeted him with the American nationwide anthem.
Mr Netanyahu lauded the American-Israeli alliance, which he stated has “never been stronger”.
Israel has praised the choice taken by Mr Trump on 6 December, however the transfer angered Palestinians, inflicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to refuse a gathering with Mr Pence
Mr Abbas says America can not function mediator in Middle East peace talks. The Palestinians are planning a normal strike on Tuesday to protest Mr Trump’s declaration.
Violent protests since Mr Trump’s announcement has left at the very least 17 Palestinians lifeless, principally in clashes with Israeli forces. One Israeli has been killed in that point.
Mr Netanyahu stated on Sunday night time, referring to Mr Abbas by his Arabic nickname: “Regarding peace, I’ve a message to Abu Mazen.
“There’s no substitute to the American management in main the diplomatic course of.
“Whoever won’t discuss peace with the Americans doesn’t want peace.”
Mr Abbas is because of meet EU international ministers in Brussels on Monday whereas Mr Pence is in Israel, and is anticipated to ask them to formally recognise the state of Palestine “as a way to respond” to Mr Trump’s announcement.
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