US Vice President Mike Pence will not be visiting Israel in January, an Israeli Foreign Affair’s Ministry official told the AP on Monday. The trip was originally rescheduled last month for mid-January due to the Senate tax reform vote.

US Vice President Mike Pence

US Vice President Mike Pence Photo Credit: EPA

US Vice President Mike Pence’s expected trip to the Middle East, which was to include a stop in Israel, has been postponed again, the Israeli Foreign Affair’s Ministry told the AP on Monday. The ministry added that a new date for the visit has not yet been set.

The visit was originally scheduled for last month. However, it was moved to January 14 due to the Senate tax vote. “The visit is not included in our provision of scheduled visits of high-level dignitaries in January,” spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told the AP, according to a Bloomberg report. The White House has yet to comment on the report.

About three and a half weeks ago, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that was widely criticized around the world. In the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, Palestinians held “days of rage” protests to demonstrate their opposition to Trump’s declaration.