Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Pence: Trump 'Actively Considering' Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

JIM WATSON Pence: Trump 'Actively Considering' Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem
Charlie Simmons | 30 November, 2017, 14:24

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

"It's a question of when, not if", a USA official said on June 1.

"President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem", he told the gathering of United Nations ambassadors, diplomats and Jewish leaders, evoking a campaign promise that had been sidelined when Trump signed a waiver to delay the move for six months on June 1.

"President Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem", the vice president said to applause.

It would also overturn decades of worldwide consensus on Jerusalem, a highly-contested city, half of which was occupied and annexed by Israel following the 1967 War.

During his election campaign previous year, Trump repeatedly promised to move the embassy and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Taking that step now could prompt terrorists to whip up anger, frustration and desperation in order to spread their ideologies, he warned.

Despite it being a campaign promise, Trump has so far deferred an embassy move.

Many Israelis have expressed frustration that almost a year into Trump's presidency, the move still hasn't happened.

Pence: Trump 'Actively Considering' Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem
Pence: Trump 'Actively Considering' Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

According to the local Hadashot TV report, Israeli officials are expecting US President Donald Trump to make a landmark announcement in the coming days regarding the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing the highly-sensitive holy city as Israel's capital.

The Palestinians see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

The vice president added that the Trump administration is also committed to ending the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

It would have a "disastrous impact on the peace process, on the two-state solution and on the stability and security of the entire region", the letter read. But, in 1948, Zionist forces seized the western half of the city and declared the area as part of what became Israel.

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also was present.

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".

Amani Khalifa, a Jerusalem-based activist, argued that the relocation might be a crucial political move for the diplomats of the Palestinian Authority (PA), but not for ordinary Palestinians in Jerusalem. Most countries have their embassies located in Tel Aviv.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967.

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