Mideast Daily News

Confusion Over Scheduling of Pence Visit

By Michael Friedson | The Media Line

January 2, 2018


An air of confusion hangs over the planned-and-delayed visit to Israel by US Vice President Mike Pence. Originally set for mid-December, the date of the VP’s trip was scratched ostensibly because of the vote on the tax bill for which Pence, as the deciding vote in case of a tie, needed to stay close to home. Although the reason for the change in plans seemed legitimate, it was also fortuitous because in the interim President Trump announced that the US is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, prompting a number of potentially embarrassing cancellations by people slated to meet the Veep – including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Christian leaders who were demonstrating solidarity with the Palestinians and leaving the Veep’s dance card empty. Israeli officials believed the visit had not been re-scheduled after the monthly reckoning of incoming VIPs omitted any reference to Pence. But although the Pence people were quick to say the trip is still on, no one has been able to figure out when that might be.

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