Vice President Pence visits Western Wall amid US-Palestinian tensions

After meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, US Vice President Mike Pence headed to the Western Wall with his wife Karen. Pence was not accompanied by Israeli officials, making the visit a personal one.

Watch: Pence at the Jewish holy site (Video Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS)

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US Vice President Mike Pence arrived at the Western Wall on the final day of his historic visit to Israel. He met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum on Tuesday morning. Pence was not accompanied by Israeli officials during his time at the Western Wall, making the visit a personal one.

Pence and his wife Karen were greeted at the Western Wall by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, the rabbi who is in charge of the site. Pence’s visit to the site was short, lasting no more than 20 minutes. During the visit, he prayed and placed a note in the wall. Before heading to Ben-Gurion Airport in order to fly back to Washington, Pence signed the Western Wall guestbook, which was also signed by US President Donald Trump during his historic visit last year.

While in Israel, Pence did not meet with any Palestinian officials. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas was originally scheduled to meet with Pence. However, immediately following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the PA canceled the meeting and disinviting the US vice president from visiting the West Bank area under the control of the Palestinians.  

Pence at the Kotel Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS
Pence at the Western Wall Photo Credit: YouTube screenshot


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