Speaking before the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) today, American VP Mike Pence addressed many issues close to the hearts of Israelis and Americans alike. The Times of Israel's Marissa Newman reports that Pence assured the audience that the U.S. embassy will move to the Holy City by 2019, while urging Palestinians to negotiate for peace and promising that Iran will not get nuclear weapons:
In the halls of Israel’s Knesset, US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday pledged the US would relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the “end of next year,” called on the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table for peace talks, and vowed Washington would withdraw from the “disaster” Iran nuclear deal unless it was “fixed.”
In his remarks, Pence emphatically stressed that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital.
“Just last month, President Donald Trump made history. He righted a 70 year wrong, he kept his promise to the American people,” in announcing the recognition of Israel’s capital, said Pence, who is the first American vice president to address Israel’s parliament.
“The US Embassy will open [in Jerusalem] before the end of next year,” said Pence.