Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Thanks VP Pence For His Support Of Jerusalem

26 January, 2018, 02:40 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Female journalists protest being 'penned in' during Pence Western Wall visit

Israeli journalist Tal Schneider said her publication will file a lawsuit against the U.S. Embassy in Israel and the rabbi of the Western Wall over the segregation of female reporters and photographers from their male colleagues during U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the site.

Pence's first visit to Israel as vice president led some to ask to what degree are his views - and the administration's policies - shaped by the brand of evangelical Christianity that invests his faith?

Pence, on a four-day visit to the Middle East while Washington grapples with a government shutdown, said in the AP interview that he was "hopeful that Democrats in the Senate will see their way clear to reopen the government".

He added: 'The people of the United States have always held a special affection and admiration for the people of the Book'.

Sacks, who was chief rabbi for 22 years until 2013, defended the support he gave to Pence saying it was a "tribute" to his people that such a high-ranking figure had asked for advice.

According to a White House official quoted by the Times of Israel, Pence had sought out Sacks's input and regarded him as a "hugely critical element in crafting the speech".

Indeed, according to former Lebanese Minister of Culture, Tarek Mitri, who headed the ecumenical office of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, "born a Catholic, the US Vice President is a convert to Evangelical Protestantism, and belongs to a movement within the Republican party that deems itself engaged in a crusade for the preservation of America's identity and Christian values. The vice-president thought it was critical to have his counsel for a speech of this magnitude", the official said.

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However, an informed Arab diplomat in Cairo said that Pence was not willing to move an inch to accommodate Arab concerns as voiced by the Jordanian king.

He described Trump as "a political pyromaniac, a racist misogynist". Pence had to cancel his trip to Bethlehem after the Palestinian Authority declared that he was "unwelcome" in the region, Haaretz detailed.

"I guess it would be safe to say that the Jordanians are as anxious as Abbas on what the Trump administration seems determined to offer, irrespective of any warnings coming from the region or from Europe", the same European diplomat said.

Pence said he had received no blowback from world leaders over Trump's immigration comments.

The website Salon, which described Pence's visit to the region as "hyper-partisan" said: "This theological belief is behind many far-right American Christians" political position on Jerusalem.

In joint remarks with Netanyahu on Monday, Pence, who expressed joy to be in "Jerusalem, the capital of Israel", said: "We stand together for our prosperity and our security".

The same is true for Israeli Jews if the agreement would ensure that Jews could visit the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Judaism's holiest site, which is known as al-Haram al-Sharif in Islam, where it is the third-holiest site. Some conservative evangelicals believe the "rapture" will happen before the retaking of Jerusalem, but share a focus on the event as a central part of their apocalyptic narrative.


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