Embassy to Open in Jerusalem by 2019: Mike Pence in Knesset

The U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Israeli Parliament Knesset. Photo: U.S. Vice President's Official Twitter Account
The U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Israeli Parliament Knesset. Photo: U.S. Vice President's Official Twitter Account

The U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has reiterated the announcement of the U.S. President that his country will move to open its embassy in Jerusalem by the end of 2019.

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Israeli parliament on Monday. He said in the Knesset that the move to open an embassy in Jerusalem is speeding up.

The U.S. officials said earlier that the process to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem might take three to four years.

The U.S. move to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been controversial ever since Donald Trump announced the move.

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Israeli parliament on Monday. He said in the Knesset that the move to open an embassy in Jerusalem is speeding up.

The Palestinian Authority, the Arabs and the Muslims across the world have been campaigning against the U.S. move since the beginning of the move.

The Palestinian Authority alleged the U.S. has no longer hold the role of a mediator of between Palestine and Israel after the Trump administration officially embraced the Israeli causes over the Palestinians.

Reiterating the announcement of Donald Trump, Mike Pence announced in Knesset that Jerusalem is ‘the capital of the state of Israel.’

“America stands with Israel,” Pence said, undeterred by the disruption of the Arab-Israeli members of the Parliament who chanted slogans against the U.S. move. “We stand with Israel because your cause is our cause. Your values are our values, and your fight is our fight.”

“In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem — and that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year,” Mike Pence said in the Knesset.

“I am here to convey a simple message from the hearts of the American people — America stands with Israel.”

The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the U.S. President and the Vice President in his speech. “The United States has no greater friend than Israel. And Israel has no greater friend than the United States of America,” he said.


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