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Pence's Israel visit delayed amid tax bill push, peace process woes

Israel
14.12.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Tel Aviv (dpa) - US Vice President Mike Pence‘s upcoming visit to Israel, where he is expected to lay out in more detail the controversial US plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital, has been delayed, a spokesman for the Israeli parliament said.

Pence was scheduled to speak at the Israeli parliament Monday, but his visit was postponed until later in the week, Knesset spokesman Yotam Yakir said without offering further details.

The postponement comes as Republicans in the US Congress are attempting to push through a tax reform bill, the original version of which only passed the Senate 51-49. As vice president, Pence casts a tie-breaking vote if any legislation is deadlocked 50-50.

On Wednesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blasted US President Donald Trump for declaring Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital and said the US is no longer "qualified" for leading an Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Representatives of the Palestinian premier have said that Abbas would not meet with Pence during his visit.

 

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