“serious” about moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
al-Quds, says Vice President Mike Pence.
of talking about it, the President is giving serious consideration to
moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Pence told the
2017 AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC, on Sunday.
rise has emboldened Israeli extremists to implement their illegal
policies and further their occupational agenda by transferring the
embassy, a move that Palestinian officials and prominent American
politicians have warned against.
During the campaign run, Trump
promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would
recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s undivided capital.
early December, then US President Barack Obama renewed a presidential
waiver ordering the US embassy in Israel to remain in Tel Aviv, despite
facing pressure by Congress and Israel.
President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White
House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017. (Photo by AFP)In
his AIPAC speech on Sunday, Pence reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to
the Tel Aviv regime, saying that the alliance would only become
stronger under Trump.
“Under President Donald Trump, the world
will know this: America stands with Israel! President Trump stands with
Israel because her cause is our cause. Her values are our values. And
her fight is our fight,” Pence said.
“And I say with confidence: President Trump and I stand without apology for Israel and we always will!” he added.
former Indiana governor also hailed the appointment of David Friedman
as the new US ambassador to Israel, saying that it was his “high honor”
to administer the oath of office to the hardliner Zionist.
down on Trump’s commitment to finding a solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Pence said the president would never risk
Trump would also do his best to defeat the Daesh
(ISIL) terror group “so it can no longer threaten our people, our allies
or our most cherished ally, Israel,” the vice president said.
are seeking to create an independent state in the territories of the
West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds and the Gaza Strip, with East al-Quds
as the capital.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has
warned the US against the relocation of the embassy, saying doing so
would fuel extremism in the region and kill all chances for a solution
to the conflict.