The Palestinian terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip has condemned U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s current visit to the Middle East. In a statement, a spokesperson for Hamas said that the visit “is not welcomed.”

Pence and his wife land in Israel

Pence and his wife land in Israel Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS

Hamas has released a statement in which it condemned U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s current visit to the Middle East region. Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Gaza-based terrorist group, stated on Saturday that Pence’s visit “is not welcomed.”

“There is no justification to meet with Mike Pence at any level especially after his recent statements in which he totally dismissed Jerusalem,” Barhoum said, referring to the American recognition of the city as Israel’s capital. The Hamas member then accused Washington of targeting “the Palestinian people’s rights.”

On Saturday, Pence landed in Cairo, the first stop on his three-nation tour of the region. After meeting with Egypt’s president, Pence headed to Jordan, where he met with King Abdullah II and made an unscheduled visit to U.S. base near the Syrian border.

While Egypt and Jordan were his first two destinations, Pence will be spending most of his time in Israel. Pence landed at Ben-Gurion Airport on Sunday at around 7:00 PM. From the airport, he headed to the Jerusalem hotel where he will be staying during his visit.

On Monday morning, he will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and address Israel’s lawmakers, becoming the first top U.S. official to deliver a speech at the Knesset since 2008. Netanyahu will host Pence tomorrow evening for dinner at his official residence in Jerusalem.

On Tuesday, Pence will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin before visiting the Yad Vashem museum and the Western Wall. At 4:30 PM, Pence will depart from Ben-Gurion Airport, heading back to Washington.