Why Is Vice President Pence In Jerusalem

Why Is Vice President Pence In Jerusalem

Another cause of concern for Jordan is the Trump administration's decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Netanyahu said President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the country's capital last month was one of the most historic in Israel's history.

Netanyahu told reporters afterward that he has welcomed "hundreds" of world leaders, but that this was the first time a visiting leader could say he was in Israel's capital.

Israeli MKs, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, gave Pence a standing ovation and were filmed smiling while ushers dragged the Palestinian MKs out of the chamber. Pence's remarks reflected an interim plan to retrofit an existing US consulate in Jerusalem to serve as a full embassy.

Speaking along with Abbas, Mogherini underscored that the EU had "already invested a great deal in the Palestinian state-building project and we are also looking at what options we have to strengthen our support from the European Union".

Prime Minister Netanyahu also took the opportunity to laud the Trump administration's support for Iranian dissidents who have taken to the streets in recent weeks to oppose their government.

While Pence announced the deadline to shift the embassy, he failed to mention an exact date for completion of the transfer.

The EU has left the issue of whether to recognize the state of Palestine to member states themselves, most of which have wavered over such a decision.

Workers installing flags for Mike Pence’s visit to the Knesset
Workers installing flags for Mike Pence’s visit to the Knesset

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson estimated that the move was "probably no earlier than three years out, and that's pretty ambitious".

However all plans changed after the Palestinians decided against meeting USA officials following Trump's highly criticized move on Jerusalem.

In comments earlier Monday at the Prime Minister's office, Pence had said that the recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital did not mean the United States was abandoning the peace process.

"Thanks to the president's leadership, the alliance between our two countries has never been stronger, and the friendship between our peoples has never been deeper". USA officials said the description of the peace plan was inaccurate.

In December, Trump said that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the historic city.

"Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace", Trump said.

Palestinians shout slogans as they demonstrate against US Vice President's visit to Israel, in Nablus in the Israeli occupied West Bank, on January 22, 2018.

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