Visiting US Vice President Mike Pence said Monday – on the occasion of his talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “We are at the start of a new era, in which we will discuss how to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians.” – an opportunity created by President Trump’s “historic” recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Netanyahu commented that, after welcoming hundreds of world leaders to Israel, “this was the first time that I stand here and both of us can say ‘Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.’”
Mahmoud Abbas continued his campaign against the Trump administration and the Pence visit by travelling to Brussels to lobby European foreign ministers for full recognition of a Palestinian state, without the peace talks which he has spurned.
Pence’s next engagement during his 48-hour visit to Israel is a speech to the Knesset. He later dines with the prime minister at his Jerusalem residence.