Pence Vows US Embassy In Jerusalem Will Open In 2019

Pence Vows US Embassy In Jerusalem Will Open In 2019

Arab Israelis are descendants of Palestinians who stayed on when Israel was created in 1948.

Mogherini, who will host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later today, added that Brussels will continue working with the United Nations, US, EU, and Russian Federation - known as the Middle East Quartet - as well as with Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to re-start talks.

That time frame is ahead of schedule.

US Vice President Mike Pence pointedly referred to Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Monday and said the US embassy would open there by next year, as he met the country's leader, further vexing Palestinians who have already snubbed his visit over a US policy shift toward the holy city.

"We stood up today to protest Pence's speech".

In a speech to the Israeli parliament, Mr Pence said on Monday that "peace can only come through dialogue".

Abbas on Monday called on the European Union to recognize the State of Palestine.

The lawmakers held signs saying "Jerusalem Is The Capital of Palestine".

Vice President Mike Pence meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on January 22.

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They say the US can not be a mediator after the decision and have pre-emptively rejected any peace plan presented by the Trump administration.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) secretary general Saeb Erekat called Pence's speech "a gift to extremists" that had shown the Trump administration "is part of the problem rather than the solution".

Meanwhile, PA President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party called for a general strike across "all Palestinian sectors" to protest USA policy on Pence's second day in the country on Tuesday. The decision led to widespread protests in which 30 Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces, Efe news reported.

In Amman on Sunday, Jordan's King Abdullah II, one of America's key allies, said: "Jerusalem is key to Muslims and Christians as it is to Jews. And key to enabling Muslims to effectively fight some of the root causes of radicalisation".

On Tuesday, Pence will attend Judaism's Western Wall in Jerusalem and lay a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance centre in the city.

The Vice-President was careful to point out that the United States supported maintaining the status quo in regards to holy sites in Jerusalem. "He righted a 70 year wrong, he kept his promise to the American people", he said in reference to the Washington's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Palestinians claim Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem as their capital.

Noting that Israel will in May mark 70 years since its founding - in a war Palestinians mourn as a catastrophe - Pence switched to Hebrew to recite a Jewish prayer of thanksgiving.

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