Pence heads to Middle East

Israeli Police warn No drones during Vice President Pence's visit

The U.S. vice president's three-day trip to Israel includes meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, as well as a visit to the Western Wall, a Jewish holy site in East Jerusalem.

US Vice President Mike Pence met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on Saturday as he began a delayed Middle East tour overshadowed by Arab anger over Washington's recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"[Pence] is a unsafe man with a messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region", he also said.

Pence "comes as the emissary of an even more unsafe man (Trump), a political pyromaniac, racist, and a misogynist, who should not lead the way in our region", he added.

In a Twitter post Saturday, Odeh said his party would go through with an earlier promise to skip Pence's address to the Knesset plenum.

Traveling to Israel just as Palestinians have condemned recent decisions by President Donald Trump's administration.

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The Palestinian government suspended all contact with the Trump administration after the US president's December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital - a move that drew condemnation from across the Arab and Muslim world. Trump stressed in his speech that recognizing the city as Israel's capital was not meant to take a position its final boundaries, which he said should be decided in peace talks between the sides.

Greenblatt arrived in Israel on Thursday to meet with Israeli officials and representatives of the so-called Middle East Quartet including the U.S., UN, EU and Russian Federation. The PA said it would not meet with any USA officials regarding the peace process following Trump's declaration on Jerusalem.

Pence's visit to the region comes as Abbas has ramped up his criticism of Trump and his peacemaking efforts.

While the deadly protests that erupted in the Palestinian territories at the time have subsided, concerns are mounting over the future of the UN aid agency for Palestinians (UNRWA).

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