Palestinian official says United States vice president 'not welcome'

Palestinian official says United States vice president 'not welcome'

The head of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas said that the decision of the President of the United States Donald trump on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel means the end of American involvement in the middle East peace process.

Rajoub is part of Fatah, the ruling political party in Palestine.

Pence is expected to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories sometime before Christmas. If Rajoub is correct, it seems that the planned meeting with Abbas will not take place. This official stated that any attempts to pull out of meetings would be deemed "counterproductive".

In making his announcement on Wednesday, Trump also said that he would direct the State Department to begin preparations for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, though he signed a national security waiver keeping the facility in Tel Aviv for the time being.

Israel has long considered Jerusalem its capital, though the worldwide community has declined for decades to recognize the city as such. "It is also the right thing to do".

Trump's decision, he added, "is a declaration of Washington's withdrawal from its sponsorship of the [Israel-Palestine] peace process". "It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result". According to Palestinian officials, the USA moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem or recognizing the city as Israel's capital is equivalent to siding with Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem.

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