Egypt Confirms Commitment to Palestinians' Rights on East Jerusalem

Cheryl Sanders
January 22, 2018

Following Trump's Jerusalem announcement, protests erupted across the West Bank and the Gaza strip, while the Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians to launch a fresh uprising against Israel.

Trump had directed the State Department to "immediately begin preparations" for the move, Pence said.

In Jordan, Pence visited US troops on the Syrian border.

Jerusalem is the emotional centerpiece of the long-running conflict, and Trump's policy shift set off protests and condemnation across Arab and Muslim countries.

Abdullah yesterday voiced "concerns" over Washington's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Vice-President was careful to point out that the U.S. supported maintaining the status quo in regards to holy sites in Jerusalem.

Mr. Pence and Mr. Sisi met for two and a half hours at the presidential palace in Cairo.

Later, after meeting United States troops near the Syrian border, Pence said he and Abdullah had 'a very frank discussion'.

The Trump administration has infuriated the Palestinians by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital - a move they see as one-sided.

"The Palestinian Authority has been absent from direct negotiations since 2014". "Today, we have a major challenge to overcome, especially with some of the rising frustrations".

His statement was hailed by Israel but angered the Palestinians, with whom Pence has no meetings during his visit, and raised tensions in the region.

"Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital", he continued. "It is also, we believe, the only realistic and viable way to fulfill the legitimate aspirations of both parties", she said. Jordan's monarch is insistent that East Jerusalem must be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The Palestinian leadership, who are boycotting Mr Pence's visit over the Jerusalem move, tried to hijack Mr Pence's moment in the Knesset.

Abbas is set to meet European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini and the bloc's 28 foreign ministers later on Monday.

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, while addressing his cabinet earlier on Sunday, described Pence as a "great friend of the State of Israel".

Mr Netanyahu told Mr Pence it was the first time a visiting dignitary could utter those three words along with him, and he thanked Mr Pence for President Donald Trump's "historic" recognition of Jerusalem.

"Whoever won't discuss peace with the Americans doesn't want peace".

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