US vice president delays Middle East trip after Palestinians rebuff him

Palestinians walk on a poster bearing images of US President Donald Trump (L), deputy Mike Pence and Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu during a demonstration at the al-Quds Open University in Dura village on the outskirts of the West Bank town of Hebron on December 13, 2017, as protests continue in the region amid anger over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. / AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER
US Vice President Mike Pence has delayed his upcoming visit to Israel and Palestine days after Palestinian officials cancelled plans to meet him. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Knesset has confirmed that Pence will postpone his trip to deal with the pressing tax reform vote. Pence was expected to address the Knesset and participate in a Hanukkah menorah lighting ceremony at the Western Wall before continuing on to Cairo to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. The change of plans comes days after Palestinian officials cancelled their meeting with Pence in the West Bank following President Donald Trump’s decision last week to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. “There will be no meeting with the vice president of America in Palestine,” Abbas’ diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khaldi said on Saturday. “The United States has crossed all the red lines with the Jerusalem decision.”
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