Jordan's King Tells Pence US Must Rebuild Trust After Jerusalem Decision

Violet Powell
January 22, 2018

Zalman Shoval, Israel's former ambassador to the United States, said Pence's visit is particularly important because of the Trump Administration's "realigned policy" regarding Israel, making it "as clear as possible, but with the authority of being Vice President".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded U.S. Vice President Mike Pence preceding his arrival on Sunday in a cabinet meeting, saying "there is no substitute for U.S. leadership" in promoting peace and security in the Middle East.

Jordan lost East Jerusalem and the West Bank to Israel during the Arab-Israeli war in 1967.

He added: "I reminded President el-Sissi that President Trump said that if the parties agree, we will support a two-state solution". David Friedman, President Rivlin tens of thousands of Christian and Jewish leaders, National Basketball Association and NFL superstars, leading Hollywood actors and singers and is has become a must see site in Jerusalem.

The US move to recognise the city as Israel's capital broke with decades of worldwide consensus that the city's status should be settled as part of a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Speaking before an American flag and camouflaged tarpaulins, Pence told the crowd that President Donald Trump stood behind them and would work to ensure their pay continues uninterrupted as the government enters the second day of a shutdown.

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Pence had initially planned to visit the region in December, shortly after Trump's announcement, but the trip was postponed in the aftermath of Abbas' refusal to meet the vice president in Bethlehem.

Pence's is the highest-level visit by a USA official to the region since Trump made his declaration on Jerusalem last month.

Jordanian officials fear Washington's move on Jerusalem has also wrecked chances of a resumption of Arab-Israeli peace talks, which the monarch had sought to revive. "It is key to peace in the region and key to enabling Muslims to effectively fight some of our root causes of radicalisation", he said.

Pence said he assured Sissi that "we're absolutely committed to preserving the status quo with regard to holy sites in Jerusalem, that we have come to no final resolution about boundaries or other issues that will be negotiated. It is key to peace in the region", he said.

Palestinian citizens of Israel are the descendants of those who stayed on after Israel's creation in 1948 forced hundreds of thousands to flee to neighbouring countries.

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in India told reporters that the United States embassy will move to Jerusalem within the year.

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