After a Fatah official from the Palestinian Authority stated yesterday (Thursday) that US Vice President Mike Pence would not be welcome in Palestinian territory, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman reiterated the same message today: “Jerusalem is more important than the American government.”
Abbas’ spokesman reaffirms PA’s anger towards US Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The Palestinian Authority’s displeasure with President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem continues to lead to statements against the American administration. After senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub said last night (Thursday) that US Vice President Mike Pence was “not wanted in Palestine,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman was also quoted as saying the same.
“Jerusalem is more important than the American government and we will not give up on it in exchange for a meeting with the US vice president,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh was quoted as saying on Al Jazeera’s Twitter page.
Mike Pence requested a visit with Abbas this month Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Rajoub said last night that the Palestinian Authority was not interested in welcoming Pence inside its territory. “In the name of Fatah, I say that we will not accept Trump’s deputy inside Palestinian Authority territory,” Rajoub said. “He asked to meet with Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] on December 19 in Bethlehem. No such meeting will take place.”
As previously reported by JOL, the White House made it clear that recognizing Jerusalem does not signify giving up on the peace process. White House Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing that the US does not know of any other countries planning to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the near future. “I‘m not aware of any countries that we anticipate that happening at any point soon,” Sanders told reporters. “I‘m not saying that they aren‘t, but I‘m not aware of them.”