Pence says Trump 'actively considering' U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem


President Donald Trump is actively considering "when and how" to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump continues to consider "when and how" to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Vice President Mike Pence said. A number of other presidents similarly campaigned on a promise to move the embassy but reneged in office.

Pence, who is to visit Jerusalem next month, said he would address the Israeli parliament during the trip and "bring a message of resolve and commitment to draw the United States and Israel even closer together, and to stand together in defense of all that we hold dear".

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However, despite his campaign promises, Trump signed a presidential waiver on the move in June delaying it by six months stating it was in order to "maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians".

Pence said there was "valuable progress" in efforts led by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace. "Only a free and democratic Israel will protect Jerusalem for all peoples of faith", said Susan Michael, director of the USA branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ).

"Israel didn't need a [U.N.] resolution to call for its existence because its right to exist is self-evident and timeless", he said.

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He reiterated that the US alliance with Israel is stronger than ever, and that the Trump administration will never allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon.

"Seventy years ago in this very room, in these very seats where you are sitting today, the dream of the Jewish people of 2,000 years came true".

The remark was made during a speech at the United Nations, commemorating the 70 year anniversary of its 1947 "Partition Plan" that split Palestine into two states, leading to the establishment of Israel.

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He said the United Nations had "too often" become "a forum for invective in the form of anti-Semitism and hatred" but vowed "the days of Israel-bashing at the United Nations are over".