Pence visit to Israel indefinitely postponed: report

Pence visit to Israel indefinitely postponed: report
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Vice President Pence’s planned trip to Israel has been indefinitely postponed, with Israeli officials citing “various scheduling difficulties,” The Times of Israel reported Monday

Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Monday published its list of foreign dignitaries expected to visit in January, and Pence was not included, according to the news outlet.

A spokesperson for the vice president pushed back on the report, however, telling The Hill that Pence "is still going in January."  

Pence had previously announced he was delaying his trip to the Middle East, citing the vote on the GOP tax bill. Republicans passed the legislation on Dec. 20. 

Pence was then expected to travel to the region the week of Jan. 14, when he would visit Israel and Egypt.

Pence’s planned visit was met with some blowback after President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE in early December declared Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital, and announced the U.S. would move its embassy there from Tel Aviv. 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced he would not meet with Pence in light of the decision.

Other regional leaders condemned Trump’s announcement, saying it would undermine peace efforts in the region. The United Nations overwhelmingly voted in December to condemn Trump's Jerusalem decision.

--This report was updated at 12:57 p.m.