Mahmoud Abbas just got exactly what he asked for


That provoked protests from across the Middle East and beyond.

Denying Israel's Right to Exist - The Interim Agreement also stipulated the that the PA was obligated to "undertaking to revoke those articles of the Palestinian Covenant calling for the destruction of Israel".

Both countries are heavily dependent on US military and economic aid, and talks with a senior Trump administration official like Pence offer them an opportunity to strengthen those ties.

The visit will be watched carefully for any signs of fallout over US President Donald Trump's widely criticized December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, pushing back on an worldwide consensus that the city's status should be decided in Israeli-Palestinian talks. But instead of waiting patiently for the Palestinians to cool off, the administration is throwing gasoline on the fire. Pence's office responded with a combative statement accusing the Palestinians of missing another opportunity to pursue peace. According to The Jerusalem Post, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley "advocated for a full and immediate aid cut".

President Trump's clumsy diplomacy over Jerusalem may have set in motion the series of events that resulted in Abbas' delivery of these two speeches. It is now quite clear that no negotiations are happening anytime soon, and possibly never again with Abbas.

Brennan said that Egypt has long had a peace treaty with Israel and a lot of intelligence sharing and while Egypt is opposed in principle to making a decision that didn't include Palestinians whatsoever, they haven't made it a real sticking point with the Americans. Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party, has called on the government to annex the 60 percent of the West Bank incorporating the Israeli settlements. That may in part have been created to put to rest the fallout from a New York Times report last week which claimed that while Egypt publicly condemned Trump's Jerusalem decision, it privately supported the move.

In Israel, he will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, address the Knesset, and visit the Western Wall and the holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem.

White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, U.S. Ambassador to Israel and former Trump bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman, as well as Mideast negotiator and former Trump lawyer Jason Greenblatt are said to have pushed for the accelerated timeline. Pence is very close to this community and is often seen as its chief advocate in the Trump administration.

Their frustration boiled over in an angry speech this week by President Mahmoud Abbas, who mocked Trump and his peace team, declared the Oslo peace accords dead and pre-emptively rejected any peace plan that Trump's team may present. "The unjust American position on Jerusalem has enticed the occupying power to persist in its arrogance and aggression against our people, our land and our holy sites", he said.

"Jerusalem is an Arab city, and not a legacy of the Balfour or Trump declarations". They are aimed at companies like Caterpillar, Motorola and Hewlett Packard, to name a few, which profit from Israel's daily dehumanization of Palestinians, Christian and Muslim alike. But why risk it with such a high-profile visit? However, decisions he made recently, prove that while he might be a true Israel lover at heart, his actions might cause the Jewish state only trouble. "She also urged the students to question their elected officials about the enormous funds given to Israel and the unfair legislation against the Palestinian people and their leadership".