Palestinians blast Pence speech in Israel

Women Journalists Were Told To Stand Separately From Men On Pence's Western Wall Visit

Mike Pence prays at Western Wall in private visit

According to the Jerusalem Post, the chief negotiators in the Israel-Palestine conflict - Jared Kushner and Jonathan Greenblatt - haven't had any sort of dialogue with the PA since December 6, when President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, although there have been some meetings with Palestinians that have been kept under wraps.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem.

It was "very exciting", she says, to hear Pence restate the US commitment to Israel and to announce concrete plans for the embassy move, which Cardoza-Moore predicts will be a "historic day" when it happens.

In a speech Monday to the Knesset, Israel's parliament, Pence restated the Trump administration's stance that Jerusalem is the capital and that the United States would step up the timeline to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City by the end of 2019.

Trump's decision parted from longstanding USA policy that left the status of Jerusalem as an issue to be resolved by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.

"We understand they're unhappy with that decision but the president wanted me to convey our willingness and desire to be a part of the peace process going forward", Pence said.

The Western Wall - one of the holiest sites - is governed by the ultra-Orthodox Jewish establishment and women and men must visit it separately.

The embassy is to be opened in an existing US facility that will be "retrofitted" to meet safety and security requirements, Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein told reporters in Washington. He has been welcomed very warmly in Israel and snubbed by the Palestinians.

Earlier this month, the Palestinian Central Council (PCC), one of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) governing institutions, decided not to recognize the state of Israel until it does the same for the Palestinian state.

The site lies in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state, and many Israelis were likely to interpret it as Pence further backing their claim over the entire city. "Nothing will happen", Adel Humran, a Palestinian against the strike, said in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

The Palestinians have said they will not negotiate with the Trump administration following the President's Jerusalem decision.

"Israel is the only state in the world that can be called an apartheid state", the South African delegate at the United Nations council said. He said the American government would begin its plan to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the coming weeks, Reuters relayed.

Pence also met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

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A recent article in the Middletown Press said: "The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees".

Those turned off by Pence's rhetoric need to ask what exactly it is about a desire to respect Jewish rights and demand that Palestinians give up their century-old war on Zionism that annoys them so much. Aides say it was the fourth visit to Israel for both.

The main Arab party in the Israeli parliament said it will boycott Pence's speech - though it wasn't immediately clear whether they would walk out in protest, heckle or skip the session altogether.

Pence's first visit to the region as vice president has included stops in Egypt and Jordan.

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