Mike Pence visits Western Wall, Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial during Israel trip amid protests [Photos]

US vice-president Mike Pence visited Jerusalem's Western Wall on Tuesday while Palestinians held a general strike after denouncing his fervently pro-Israel speech the previous day as 'messianic'

FP Staff January 23, 2018 21:30:58 IST
US vice-president Mike Pence visited Jerusalem's Western Wall on Tuesday while Palestinians held a general strike after denouncing his fervently pro-Israel speech the previous day as "messianic". Pence looks at a book together with Western Wall Heritage Foundation Director General Mordechai Elias (Right) and Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch. AP
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US vice-president Mike Pence visited Jerusalem's Western Wall on Tuesday while Palestinians held a general strike after denouncing his fervently pro-Israel speech the previous day as "messianic". Pence looks at a book together with Western Wall Heritage Foundation Director General Mordechai Elias (Right) and Rabbi of the Western Wall Shmuel Rabinovitch. AP
The devout Christian's speech to the Israeli parliament on Monday laden with biblical references was praised by Israelis as perhaps the best they could ever hope for from a US administration, but Palestinians saw it as confirming some of their worst fears. Pence signs the guest book in Israel's parliament in Jerusalem. AP
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The devout Christian's speech to the Israeli parliament on Monday laden with biblical references was praised by Israelis as perhaps the best they could ever hope for from a US administration, but Palestinians saw it as confirming some of their worst fears. Pence signs the guest book in Israel's parliament in Jerusalem. AP
A top Palestinian official called Pence's parliament speech "messianic" and a "gift to extremists", reiterating the view that the Trump White House is incapable of being an even-handed mediator in peace talks. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Pence. AP
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A top Palestinian official called Pence's parliament speech "messianic" and a "gift to extremists", reiterating the view that the Trump White House is incapable of being an even-handed mediator in peace talks. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Pence. AP
Pence proudly reaffirmed US president Donald Trump's 6 December declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and pledged to move the embassy to the disputed city by the end of 2019. AP
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Pence proudly reaffirmed US president Donald Trump's 6 December declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and pledged to move the embassy to the disputed city by the end of 2019. AP
On Tuesday, as he wrapped up his trip, Pence, who was boycotted by the Palestinians, visited one of the holiest sites in Judaism, the Western Wall. The site lies in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, the sector the Palestinians want as the capital of their future state, and many Israelis are likely to interpret it as Pence further backing their claim over the entire city. AP
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On Tuesday, as he wrapped up his trip, Pence, who was boycotted by the Palestinians, visited one of the holiest sites in Judaism, the Western Wall. The site lies in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, the sector the Palestinians want as the capital of their future state, and many Israelis are likely to interpret it as Pence further backing their claim over the entire city. AP
Pence also toured Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday and met President Reuven Rivlin. AP
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Pence also toured Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday and met President Reuven Rivlin. AP
On Tuesday, a general strike was observed in the Palestinian territories, but there were expressions of resignation among some. A spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said the strike was a "message of rejection of the visit and the American position". AP
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On Tuesday, a general strike was observed in the Palestinian territories, but there were expressions of resignation among some. A spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said the strike was a "message of rejection of the visit and the American position". AP
The US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital broke with decades of international consensus that the city's status should be settled as part of a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Unrest since the announcement has left 18 Palestinians dead, most of them killed in clashes with Israeli forces. One Israeli has been killed in that time. AP
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The US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital broke with decades of international consensus that the city's status should be settled as part of a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Unrest since the announcement has left 18 Palestinians dead, most of them killed in clashes with Israeli forces. One Israeli has been killed in that time. AP