Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) applauds US Vice President Mike Pence at the parliament in Jerusalem on January 22, 2018. AFP / POOL / Ariel Schalit
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US Vice President Mike Pence will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and address Israel's Parliament Monday on a visit that will see him snubbed by the Palestinians, deeply angered by the White House's Jerusalem policy.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is refusing to meet Pence because of the declaration, making his visit a rare one by a high-ranking US official not to include talks with the Palestinians.Beyond refusing to meet Pence, Abbas has said the United States can no longer serve as mediator in Middle East peace talks and the Palestinians were planning a general strike on Tuesday to protest Trump's declaration.The US move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital broke with decades of international consensus that the city's status should be settled as part of a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.The leaders of both Egypt and Jordan, the only Arab states that have peace treaties with Israel, would be key players if US mediators ever manage to revive a stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as Trump says he wants.
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