Report: Relations between US, PA suspended

PA cuts off relations with US following Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

President Trump visiting Kotel
President Trump visiting Kotel
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Relations between the Trump Administration and the Palestinian Authority have been suspended following US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel last month, a senior White House official stated Tuesday.

According to the Reuters news agency, the United States is still working on a political plan for the region and hopes to present the plan later this year. The White House maintains that both Israel and the Palestinian Authority must give their consent for any peace plan.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem Tuesday afternoon, capping off the Vice President’s first state visit to Israel.

Pence, a long-time backer of the Jewish state, arrived in Israel for his fourth trip on Sunday, which was originally scheduled for mid-December.

Donning a yarmulke for the visit, Pence was escorted to the Western Wall by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich (Rabinowitz), Chief Rabbi of the Western Wall and Director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation Mordechai ‘Soli’ Eliav.

“Here, right above us, on the Temple Mount, King Solomon built the Temple,” Rabbi Rabinovich said as he escorted the Vice President.

“We draw our strength from our deep connection to the land of the Bible and our commitment to [fulfilling] the words of the Prophets.”

The Vice President placed a note in the Western Wall, then said a brief prayer.

Karen Pence prayed separately at the women’s section of the Wall.

At the end of his visit, Pence signed the Western Wall guest book.

"It is my great honor to pray here at this sacred place,” the Vice President wrote. “God bless the Jewish people and God bless the state of Israel always."

Responding to questions by reporters, the Vice President said the visit to the holy site was “very inspiring."

Accompanying Pence during the visit was US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and White House special envoy Jason Greenblatt.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Vice President met with President Reuven Rivlin at the president’s residence in Jerusalem, before visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center.

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