Egypt investigates New York Times report on alleged Jerusalem intelligence leak

Pauline Gross
January 10, 2018

The authority also said that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry support the idea of eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.

Richard PencePence allies anxious he'll be called to answer questions from Mueller: report Trump thought it was "low class" for Pence to bring pets to VP residence: report Pence told RNC he could replace Trump on ticket after "Access Hollywood" tape came out: report MORE will leave Washington one week from Friday for a four-day Middle East tour that will take him to Egypt, Israel and Jordan, his office announced Monday. The vice president plans to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II two days later, a sit down that was not on his original schedule.

The statement also said that Pence would discuss the need to "assist persecuted religious minorities" during his trip.

Pence postponed a planned visit to Egypt and Israel last month to stay in Washington for a congressional vote on Trump's tax overhaul plan.

Ilan Goldenberg, director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, said the recent movements by the Trump administration have been "inconsistent with the 'cooling off period"' cited by the White House.

The worldwide community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the full city.

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Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the worldwide community.

Egyptian leaders refused a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, and Egypt submitted a United Nations Security Council resolution seeking to undo Trump's decision, which was ultimately vetoed by the US. The White House decision on Jerusalem also prompted leading Muslim and Christian clerics in Egypt to refuse to meet with the vice-president in Cairo.

The status of Jerusalem has always been a central issue in the decadeslong Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In the Times report, al-Kholi allegedly told the news hosts, "How is Jerusalem different from Ramallah, really?".

Trump's decision on Jerusalem and announcement in December that the United States would start the process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv led to uproar and protest in the region. "All the entities in charge have expressed in word and deed the inalienable position on Jerusalem in the U.N. and other global organizations with disregard for the threats of the U.S.to cut aid to countries including Egypt over the U.N. Jerusalem vote".

The approach has pushed back against an worldwide consensus that Jerusalem's status should be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and comes as Trump has vowed to press forward with plans to help broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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