US Vice President Pence faces Middle East boycott

Saul Bowman
December 11, 2017

"The US won't be a sponsor for peace again, and it's not qualified to do so", Al-Khalidi said, adding "there are many measures that will be taken by the Palestinian leadership soon".

Following Trump's speech, in which the USA president recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and ordered the State Department to begin preparations for moving the U.S. embassy to the city from Tel Aviv, Abbas slammed the move and said the United States has ended its historic role as the key sponsor for Israel-Palestinian peace talks.

The decision has sparked unrest within the Palestinian community, which views east Jerusalem as the future capital of an independent Palestinian state.

The statement comes after an earlier announcement by Fatah Friday that Pence is unwelcome in Palestine, following President Donald Trump's decision to move the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, acknowledging the disputed city as the Israeli capital.

Washington addressed the PA warning it of the repercussions of cancelling meetings with Mike Pence, who appeared alongside Trump during his speech from the White House to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Mr Abbas has not made similar comments and his office could not immediately be reached.

On Wednesday, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate Washington's Israel embassy to the holy city.

Rajoub said last night that the Palestinian Authority was not interested in welcoming Pence inside its territory.

Meanwhile, the Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) cancelled its 50th anniversary commemorations to protest against the Jerusalem embassy move on Saturday.

A Hamas source confirmed that the two men killed in the strikes belonged to the group, which urged Palestinians to keep up confrontation with Israeli forces. Shops were shuttered in Jerusalem's Old City. Thirteen demonstrators were arrested and four officers were lightly injured by stones, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

On Friday, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in protest and two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli troops on the Gaza border.

The Turkish presidential source said Erdogan and Macron agreed during a phone call that Trump's move was worrying for the region and that Turkey and France would make a joint effort to try to reverse the US decision.

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