Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Pence headed to Middle East with focus on combating terrorism, religious persecution

Pence headed to Middle East with focus on combating terrorism, religious persecution Pence headed to Middle East with focus on combating terrorism, religious persecution
Faye Gross | 09 January, 2018, 00:27

The article reported that it is common practice for Egyptian intelligence officers to brief talk show hosts about the messages they want conveyed and that one such officer, Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi, had urged hosts to persuade viewers to accept Trump's decision. "We have enough on our plate as you know".

In a statement, the Egyptian government said it was "inappropriate for the New York Times, a reputable newspaper, to publish such allegations". But Pence's trip to the Middle East, his first as vice president, will be carefully watched following Trump's decision on Israel's capital, which prompted Palestinian leaders to cancel planned meetings with the vice president.

While Egypt would denounce the decision in public, Al-Khouly reportedly said that it is not in the interest of the state for relations with Israel to remain conflictual.

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.

Vice President Mike Pence will be in the Middle East later this month, his office announced Monday. Kholi said in a conversation with Saeed Hassaseen, a TV talk show host and a member of the Egyptian Parliament. "What matters is ending the suffering of the Palestinian people", Kholi concluded.

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

NFC Wild Card Preview: Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
In 2015, McCoy rushed for 5.2 yards per carry at home compared to 3.9 on the road. "He's a solid guy", Funchess said. They only allow 88.1 yards rushing, which is third best in the NFL . "It's an awesome opportunity".


The vice president plans to leave January 19 for Egypt, where he will meet with President Abdel Fattah Sisi.

Ofir Winter, an analyst at the Institute for National Security Studies who specializes in Egypt, says that Egyptian authorities were anxious to prevent Islamists from being able to take advantage of Trump's Jerusalem declaration and therefore "wanted to control the height of the flames".

In response to Trump's move, Egypt publicly said the decision was a violation of worldwide resolutions on the city's status.

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.

The city's status is among the most contentious issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its united capital, while the Palestinians see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state. But the Palestinian leader pulled out of the meeting in protest. The global community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the full city.

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