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Pence Says Trump Attempted to Build Good Ties with Palestinian President

Pence Says Trump Attempted to Build Good Ties with Palestinian President

Monday, 21 September, 2020 - 08:45
US President Donald Trump listens to Vice President Mike Pence speak during a roundtable discussion on ‘America's seniors’ in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, US, June 15, 2020. (Reuters)

US Vice President Mike Pence revealed on Sunday the reason why the American administration has ignored the Palestinian Authority.

In televised remarks, he said President Donald Trump took the decision to cut aid to Palestinians after he repeatedly failed in building trust with Palestinian President Abbas.

Abbas, he said, refused to reach an agreement with Trump, which forced Washington to stop aid to the PA.

In an interview with CBN News on Sunday, Pence underscored his support for the historic peace deal reached between Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates with Israel last week.

The deal stems from Trump’s Christian beliefs, he stressed, describing Israel as the “most cherished ally” for the US in the Middle East.

Moreover, he said Trump succeeded where his predecessors failed throughout 25 years of peace efforts because he chose to abandon the old rules of the game. He did not take the traditional path and decided from the moment he became president that he will no longer award Palestinians, who refuse to hold negotiations.

Trump tried to build trust with Abbas, but was repeatedly dismissed, forcing him to cease aid to the PA, transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, continued Pence.

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