US Vice President 'not welcome' in Palestine, official say; Americans fume


Speaking to the Voice of Palestine radio, Khaldi noted that there will not be a meeting with Pence as US Jerusalem decision went beyond the accepted borders that should never be crossed.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will refuse to meet US Vice President Mike Pence later this month following Washington's controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an Abbas aide said on Saturday, as protests gripped the Palestinian territories for a third straight day.

Turkey on Saturday condemned the "use of disproportionate force" by Israel on Palestinians, who are protesting the recent decision of US president on Jerusalem.

Trump said his defiant move - making good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge - marked the start of a "new approach" to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ahmed El-Tayeb now says the engagement will only take place if Trump reverses his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Pence is scheduled to visit Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Egypt in next week's swing through the region. He is set to travel to Israel and to the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

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As reported by AFP, however, Abbas has not officially backed away from the meeting.

The embassy move breaks with decades of United States policy and risks igniting a "powder keg" in the Middle East region, analysts say.

Meanwhile, the White House warned Thursday that canceling a planned meeting between Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Vice President Mike Pence in the wake of the United States policy shift on Jerusalem would be "counterproductive".

"PCHR follows up with deep concern the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and condemns the Israeli forces' excessive use of force against protestors", the organisation said in a statement.

About 60 Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli soldiers across the Gaza-Israel border and the health ministry said one bystander was wounded by Israeli gunfire.