Female journalists complain of gender segregation during Pence Western Wall visit

26 January, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • The Washington Monument is seen at dusk Sunday in Washington D.C

Earlier this month, Trump sparked outrage from the Palestinian leadership when he asked why the US should make "any of these massive future payments" to the Palestinians.

Pence was preceded on the dais by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who lavished his American guest with praise and gratitude.

Whatever one might think of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this sullenness is indicative of the vast disappointment the USA decision has generally provoked in Arab leaders, whilst creating a considerable gray area in Washington's foreign policy.

A group of Arab lawmakers voiced their displeasure at the administration's perceived pro-Israel bias by raising banners reading "Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine" and heckling Pence at the beginning of his address, before being forcibly removed from the plenum.

However, an informed Arab diplomat in Cairo said that Pence was not willing to move an inch to accommodate Arab concerns as voiced by the Jordanian king.

Pence responded to the ruckus by saying he was humbled to speak before such a "vibrant democracy", before delving into his prepared remarks about the two countries' unbreakable bond.

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The site said yesterday that the council is expected to vote on the resolution today, noting that a delegation from the Israeli Knesset headed by MK Aliza Lavie of Yesh Atid party has been working to amend the draft resolution.

According to the report, Pence quoted nearly verbatim a 2001 passage by Sacks discussing Abraham's journey to the land of Israel and the Jewish people's roots. "Well, we do talk about it", Trump said. "We stand with Israel because your cause is our cause, your values are our values, and your fight is our fight".

"With all their might, they support [the Palestinians'] enemy that is occupying their lands", he said.

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said the Palestinians are "ready to engage in negotiations" and committed to a peace process "based on a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as capital".

The Palestinians have refused to meet with Pence.

As he began to speak, Arab-Israeli lawmakers from the Joint Arab List alliance began waving signs protesting the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, leading to their expulsion from the Knesset chamber.

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Nevertheless, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation defended its actions, telling Israeli's Channel 10 that it had made an effort to grant "maximum accessibility" to journalists of both sexes and said it "rejected any attempt to divert the discussion away from the important and emotional visit of the USA vice president and his wife to the Western Wall".

And flatly contradictory comments by Trump and some of his senior officials on the status of Jerusalem are raising questions about the administration's peace plan, which remains a mystery to most of the players on both sides.

Dozens of Palestinian youths closed the highway connecting Ramallah with the northern governorates in the West Bank and burnt tires. "How mean you are!"

Trump said, "Israel has always supported the United States, so what I did for Jerusalem was my honor". The U.S.is UNRWA's single largest donor. And they said we never talked.

He added that the USA has committed more than $110 million to help Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East to rebuild after years of repressive wars, and called on Israel and others to join the effort to restore a "rich diversity" to the region.

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