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>> Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas's administration, announcing Saturday he will not meet Vice President Mike Pence during an upcoming visit to the region. The planned snub is in response to President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capitol.>> Therefore I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
>> The announcement came by way of Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki.>>
> The move, which overturned decades of US policy towards the Middle East, triggered violence in Gaza and in the occupied West Bank. Militants fired rockets into Israel, which responded with air strikes that killed two Palestinians.
There was an official declaration that President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet Vice President Pence.>>
Jerusalem has long been a point of contention. Israel claims all of the city as its capitol, while Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capitol of a future independent state. Most countries consider East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed in a 1967 war, to be occupied territory, and say the status of the city should be decided in future Israeli Palestinian talks.
The Trump administration says it is still committed to Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and has not taken a position on Jerusalem's borders. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that Palestinians will be looking for a new peace talks broker instead of the United States, and would seek a UN Security Council resolution over Trump's decision.