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Pence Confirms Trump Still Planning to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

Pence Confirms Trump Still Planning to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

"The president has also made clear that he intends to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem".

"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.

Pence also assured the audience that President Trump continues to actively consider "when and how" to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Vice President Mike Pence said that President Donald Trump is "actively considering" moving the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a campaign pledge the president has yet to fulfill.

He said that with regard to Israel, the United Nations had become "a forum for invective in the form of anti-Semitism and hatred".

Earlier this year, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had warned against the embassy's move, in an official letter addressed to Trump. Every president since the law was passed, including Trump, has exercised the national security waiver, an action that must be taken every six months.

Trump repeatedly vowed in the strongest possible terms during the election campaign that he would be the president to finally fulfill the American promise to move the US Embassy to Israel's actual capital city.

The Palestinians see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

The vice president also talked about the US -led Iranian nuclear deal, saying the administration is working with Congress "to overcome some of the Iran deal's most glaring problems".

Under the proposed 1947 UN Partition Plan, the city was meant to be internationally administered, due to its importance to the three Abrahamic religions.

Khalil Shaheen, a Ramallah-based analyst, described Pence's remarks as part of a "blackmail campaign", arguing that the USA is using the embassy as a tool to pressure the Palestinians.

"This will destroy any potential of establishing an independent Palestinian state through U.S. negotiations - which is very unsafe", he added.

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also was present. Pence also spoke of the support that the US has shown Israel and stated that the negative treatment that Israel has seen at the hands of the United Nations ended with the apointment of USA ambassador Nikki Haley to the U.N.

Support for Israel is a key issue in USA right-wing politics.

"To regular people, it doesn't really matter if the embassy stays in Tel Aviv or is relocated to Jerusalem", she told Al Jazeera. "I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving the embassy to Jerusalem", he added.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967.


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