Pence visits Western Wall on last day of Israel visit

Pence visits Western Wall on last day of Israel visit

"When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support, tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands - that money is on the table and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace", Trump said.

The move, in the first ever address of a sitting American vice president to the Israeli Knesset, marked the highlight of Pence's three-day visit to Israel celebrating President Donald Trump's decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Pence referred to President Trump, who in December extended USA recognition to Jerusalem as Israel's capital and said the US would move its embassy there from Tel Aviv, as "a leader who has done more to bring our two great countries closer together than any president in the past 70 years". "We stand with Israel because we believe in right over wrong, good over evil and liberty over tyranny".

Those who would have objected to Pence's very Zionist speech were no longer in the hall - members of the mostly Arab Joint List Party had been ejected after raising signs declaring Jerusalem to be the capital of Palestine.

Trump's endorsement in December of Israel's claim to Jerusalem as its capital drew universal condemnation from Arab leaders and criticism around the world. NPR's Tamara Keith is traveling with Pence, and she's with us now.

So Pence's underlining of the plans to move the embassy have done the same, though the vice president attempted to be conciliatory.

King Abdullah II of Jordan has said the U.S. needs to rebuild trust to achieve the two-state solution that entails creating an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

According to this diplomat, what Abbas was suggesting to the Europeans in Brussels this week had been "also suggested, in a different way, but essentially the same thing" by Jordanian King Abdullah during several contacts and meetings with European officials. It also broke with decades of US policy that the city's status must be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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On Sunday, while hosting a dinner for Pence, King Abdullah told his guest that the time has come to fix the unfortunate damage that has been caused by the decision of the USA president on Jerusalem.

Earlier Monday, Pence placed his right hand over his heart as an honor guard greeted him with the American national anthem.

The Palestinians say the U.S.is no longer an acceptable mediator.

Jonathan Sacks said his advice to Mike Pence was only on historical connections between Jews and Israel.

The different Palestinian bodies accused the U.S. of helping Israel in "forging" the history of the holy city and "stealing the history of Palestine", with full disrespect to the global resolutions regarding Jerusalem and Palestine.

MCEVERS: OK, so we hear some applause there, but how was this received? "May my tongue stick to my palate if I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem beyond all my delights", says Psalm 137:5-6. "Peace can only come through dialogue", he said. It is clear that American foreign policy is not being made in any deliberative process. Previous presidents, Democrat and Republican, have tried with varying degrees of success to bring Israelis and Arabs together.

According to one of these sources, there might be new frameworks for this security cooperation laid out in the near future.

But their meeting was more muted than Trump's session with Netanyahu and they did not respond to shouted questions about the videos. If Israelis can not understand why this unwavering friend of Israel is disliked by many American Jews, they will never understand what makes American Jews tick.

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