Pence reschedules Middle East trip for later this month

Pence reschedules Middle East trip for later this month

Kerry Wise
January 9, 2018

"We have enough on our plate as you know", al-Kholi allegedly said regarding the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"The Times" report contains allegations regarding Egypt's position on the Jerusalem issue mentioned in the so-called "audio recordings.' It is inappropriate for The New York Times, a reputable newspaper, to publish such allegations", the Egyptian government said in a statement.

Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal capital, while Palestinians want the capital of an independent state of theirs to be in the city's eastern sector, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in a move never recognized internationally.

The Times reported that the spy told them "strife with Israel was not in Egypt's national interest", that they must convince their audiences, and that the Palestinians should be content with Ramallah as a capital of a future Palestinian state.

"Egypt's positions on global issues are not derived from alleged leaks from an anonymous source".

Egypt's stance on Jerusalem remains unchanged, the statement said, adding that the Times does not provide evidence that the official named in its report, Captain Ashraf el-Kholi, was an officer with the country's intelligence service.

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Azmy Megahed, who was the fourth host on the list, denied to SIS knowing who Ashral el-Kholi is.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will travel late next week to the Middle East to meet the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Israel, moving ahead with a trip delayed amid anger over Washington's policy shift on Jerusalem, a United States official said Monday. "What matters is ending the suffering of the Palestinian people", Kholi concluded. "Hamas would be reborn once more", Kholi said, according to the paper.

"How is Jerusalem different from Ramallah, really?" he asked each time.

The White House announced Monday that Pence will travel to the region January 19-23, starting with a meeting in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

The status of Jerusalem, which is home to Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy sites, is one of the thorniest obstacles to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who were furious over Trump's move and have declined to meet with Pence. On Saturday its foreign minister, Sameh Shukri, participated in an Arab meeting to underscore support for east Jerusalem being the Palestinian capital.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the global community.