Saturday, December 16, 2017

(JNS.org) Vice President Mike Pence said that President Donald Trump is “actively considering” moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a campaign pledge the president has yet to fulfill.

“President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Pence said at an event marking the 70th anniversary of United Nations Resolution 181, which endorsed the establishment of a Jewish state in what was then British Mandatory Palestine.

Trump on June 1 signed a waiver to keep the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, avoiding a move to Jerusalem for an additional six months. Since Congress passed legislation in 1995 authorizing the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem, every sitting president has signed successive six-month waivers delaying the move, citing national security concerns.

Pence, who is scheduled to visit Israel in December, praised Trump’s handling of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

 

“As President Trump said, ‘If the world knows nothing else, let them know this—that America stands with Israel,’” Pence said. “Under our administration, America will always stand with Israel.”

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