The spiritual leaders of Egypt's Muslims and Orthodox Christians also refused to meet Pence. He said that Palestinians want only about 22 percent of Palestine as mentioned in history.
Can you imagine the headlines if an Israeli head of state denied the existence of the Palestinian people?
Sunday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seemed to have signed the death warrant of the Oslo Accords. Despite the massive unpopularity that security coordination with Israel engenders among Palestinians and the political pressure that Abbas has felt to end it, he has stood firm and ensured that it continues.
"We are an authority without any authority and an occupation without any cost", he said. Israeli politicians on the right never miss an opportunity to bash him, ludicrously portraying him as no better than Yasser Arafat and labeling him a diplomatic terrorist in an effort to purposely conflate him with actual terrorist groups like Hamas.
Musa Shteiwi, director of Jordan University's Centre for Strategic Studies, said Amman can not afford to disengage from the US. Palestine thus does not accept the U.S.as a mediating authority.
During his meeting with Abbas, the Egyptian president underlined Cairo's firm stance and its efforts to reach a just and comprehensive solution that guarantees the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state based on the borders of 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital.
His comments at a conference on Jerusalem held in Cairo came ahead of a weekend visit to the region by Vice President Mike Pence, the most senior American official to visit the Middle East since Trump's Jerusalem decision in December. How is Israel responding?
Abbas also claimed, among other things, that the Jews of Europe chose to remain and die at the hands of the Nazis, that Jews from Iraq and Yemen were brought to Israel against their will, and that Israel was formed as "a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism" - merely to safeguard European interests.
"Any future negotiations will take place only within the context of the global community, by an worldwide committee created in the framework of an global conference", he said. However, Palestinian leadership has made it clear that they are not willing to negotiate a viable peace agreement.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he was certain the U.S. Embassy in Israel would be moved to Jerusalem sometime this year, much sooner than Trump administration officials have estimated.
What does Abbas' speech mean?
"We will not trust the United States because it does not respect any decisions concerning Palestine, and is no longer suitable to assume the mediation role", he said.
"It is impossible, and I repeat - it is impossible - to return to the cycle of negotiations that failed to deal with the substance of the matter and the fundamental question", he told the U.N. General Assembly in September 2014, after the collapse of the Obama administration-led peace talks earlier in the year, and the Gaza War that happened in the summer of the same year.