UAE condemns United States decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel

UAE condemns United States decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel

UAE condemns United States decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Despite the close to four-week delay of the Pence visit, Abbas still declined to meet with the U.S. official.

MCEVERS: So let's start with the shutdown.

In Israel, the main Arab party in the Israeli parliament says it will boycott his speech, though it is not clear whether they will walk out on Pence in protest or skip the session altogether.

KEITH: So I want to start by saying that over the years, American politicians traveling overseas have limited their discussions of domestic USA politics, or they've tried to keep partisanship to a minimum.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: We welcome the news that thanks to the firm stand taken by President Trump and House and Senate Republicans, the government shutdown in Washington, D.C., is coming to an end.

It is this fact that makes Pence a nightmarish figure for people concerned about the split between American and Israeli Jews. But the Schumer shutdown failed.

"We are sending a signal to our European allies that the time has come for changes in the Iran nuclear deal that will ensure that the sunset provisions in the deal are completely eliminated, and that punitive sanctions will be available for many years to come, to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon", Pence said. Yesterday at a military installation near the Syrian border, with USA troops standing behind him, Pence accused Democrats of politicizing military pay. "Not meeting your oppressor is not a sign of disrespect; it is a sign of self-respect", senior Palestinian official, Hanan Ashrawi, says.

Meanwhile, Pence, according to sources who spoke to Al-Ahram Weekly, underlined while in the region the need for continued Arab-Israeli security cooperation against possible terror threats.

PENCE: In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the United States embassy in Jerusalem, and that United States embassy will open before the end of next year. And they were quite rapidly escorted out of the room in sort of a rough way.

Speaking to Pence during the dinner, the Jordanian monarch said that he regretted that his repeated warnings with regards to the United States position on the Holy City were shrugged by the Oval Office and a new confidence building process was necessary to allow for the PA to be again willing to be engaged by the US. And in Pence's first two stops on this Middle East tour, Egypt and Jordan, he got an earful of concern about that move.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Christians were reported by the news outlet Israel Hayom as rejecting Pence's brand of evangelical Christianity.

ReutersVice President Mike Pence visits the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City, January 23, 2018.

During a joint press conference with Abbas in Brussels, Frederica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief, promised Abbas support, especially on the two-state solution approach, but insisted that the EU would still want to work with the Americans on the matter.

Netanyahu called Pence "a great friend of Israel" and said there was "no alternative for American leadership" in the peace process.

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