Israeli forces detain 18 Palestinians, including husband and wife, during raids

25 January, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Katrina Soto
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Pence also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum Tuesday, where he participated in a wreath-laying ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance.

Pence spokesperson Alyssa Farah issued a statement in response to the incident, saying "every effort was made to accommodate both female and male journalists while observing the rules in place at the Western Wall", while the Western Wall Heritage Foundation told Israel's Channel 10 that its efforts were to offer "maximum accessibility" for journalists covering the event.

He also brought home the ultimate souvenir - an honorific Yiddish title for an upright man, which Israeli President Reuven Rivlin bestowed upon him.

Pence repeated the Trump administration's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and said the American Embassy will be moved to the city next year, earlier than previously expected.

US Vice-President Mike Pence yesterday visited Jerusalem's Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, as he wrapped up a trip to the disputed city Washington has declared to be Israel's capital.

Rex Tillerson, U.S. State Secretary, predicted in December the establishment of an embassy in Jerusalem would take at least three years and senior White House leaders noted the current embassy can not be transferred to an existing facility in the city.

Pence responded to the ruckus by saying he was humbled to speak before such a "vibrant democracy", then delved into his prepared remarks about the countries' unbreakable bond.

"The last United Nations resolution about the settlers [from the occupied Palestinian territories] ... distinguished between Israel and the occupied territories". It was not immediately clear whether his exhortation was widely observed.

In Brussels, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini assured Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting that the European Union supported his ambition to have East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state. The White House later postponed the trip so that Pence could help win the passage of the signature GOP tax-cut bill.

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"By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction", said the vice president.

Before Air Force Two went nose up at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, a senior White House official briefed reporters on the status of the peace process.

Israel and the United States "are striving together to achieve a true peace, lasting peace, peace with all our neighbors, including the Palestinians", Netanyahu said.

The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations expressed his position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an interview with Sputnik amid the news that the United States plans to freeze over half its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

"In our view, it's not our job to impose a deal on either side", the official said.

Most significantly, his words reflected a paradigm change whereby Israel is no longer assumed to be the recalcitrant party whenever peace talks run aground, and the world's superpower refuses to pay homage to Palestinian lies in a contrived attempt to keep the process alive.

Pence has issued no criticism of Israel's half-century occupation of the West Bank during his visit.

Following his talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday, Pence told the press that the Egyptian leader described his objection to Trump's decision as a "disagreement between friends".


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