Pence pledges to move US embassy to Jerusalem
SAUL LOEB (AFP/Archives)
US Vice President Mike Pence pledged on Monday to keep President Donald Trump's promise to relocate the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Times of Israel reported.
Addressing a crowd of American Christian supporters of Israel Monday evening, Pence affirmed that Trump would keep his promise and remains committed to Israel's security.
“To the men and women of Christians United for Israel, this president hears you,” Pence said at the annual Christians United for Israel conference in Washington. “This President stands with you. And I promise you that the day will come when President Donald Trump moves the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is not a question of if, it is only when.”
Pence affirmed that Trump sees Israel's security as a top priority.
“While there will undoubtedly have to be compromises, let me assure all of you gathered here today, President Donald Trump will never compromise the safety and security of the Jewish state of Israel — not now, not ever,” Pence said.
The Vice President said that Trump would work to achieve a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians and is committed to ending incitement of terror and violence.
“And above all else, a lasting peace requires true and complete Palestinian willingness to accept and recognize the Jewish state of Israel,” said Pence.
The intention to move the embassy has been welcomed by Israel, but slammed by the Palestinians and many other countries and international organizations as a move that could sink the peace process.
The status of Jerusalem is a flashpoint issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, while Israel has declared the entire city as its capital. Most countries have their embassies located in Tel Aviv.
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