Mike Pence visits Middle East but US role as peace broker may be over

Its not the trip to the Holy Land that Mike Pence might have imagined. For a start, the US vice-president – an evangelical Christian – is no longer welcome in Jesus’s birthplace of Bethlehem. Donald Trump doomed Pence’s chances of a visit to the West Bank when he reversed decades of US policy last month by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This broke a longstanding international consensus that the issue would be negotiated in peace talks with the Palestinians, who also claim parts of the city. While Trump did not rule out a future division of Jerusalem, the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, swiftly rescinded Pence’s invitation to meet him and visit Bethlehem, while senior Christian clerics in Egypt also cancelled planned events.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/20/mike-pence-middle-east-israel-peace-talks