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10 January 2018, 01:47 | Darnell Patrick
US and Israeli flags on fire during a protest over Jerusalem in Istanbul on 10 December 2017
Pence will leave on January 19 for Egypt, where he will hold talks the next day with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. While in Israel, Pence also plans to visit the Western Wall and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.
He will start his visit in Egypt, where he will stay for two days, before travelling to Jordan for one day and then end it in Israel.
When making his announcement, Trump added the caveat that Jerusalem's status would be determined in negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel.
Pence was originally scheduled to travel the week before Christmas, but postponed the trip so that he could remain in Washington in case his vote was needed to pass tax legislation favored by President Donald Trump.
Ilan Goldenberg, director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, said the recent movements by the Trump administration have been "inconsistent with the "cooling off period" cited by the White House.
The worldwide community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the full city.
Farah added that Pence will also discuss with the Middle East leaders ways to work together to fight terrorism and improve national security.
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Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the global community.
Egypt was among one of the first countries to criticise the decision by US President Donald Trump, which prompted widespread worldwide condemnation and deadly protests in the occupied Palestinian territories. Sissi will meet with Pence despite the deep unpopularity of Trump's decision.
In his December 6 address from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace, a new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital as merely based on reality.
They have expressed a disregard for USA threats at the United Nation, threatening to cut aid to recipients, including Egypt, over their Jerusalem vote at the UN, the statement added.
Many U.S. allies disagreed with Trump's decision, as no other country has its embassy in Jerusalem under a long-standing worldwide consensus that the city's status should be decided in a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
The approach has pushed back against an global consensus that Jerusalem's status should be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and comes as Trump has vowed to press forward with plans to help broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
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