U.S. Embassy in Israel move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019 says Mike Pence

Vastavam web: The U.S. Embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech to the Israeli parliament on Monday that highlighted a policy shift that has stoked Palestinian anger and international concern.President Donald Trump last month recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said he would move the U.S. Embassy there – dismaying Palestinians who claim the eastern part of the city and angering Arab states across the region.

“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital – and, as such, President Trump has directed the State Department to immediately begin preparations to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”Pence responded to the fracas by saying with a smile: “It is deeply humbling for me to stand before this vibrant democracy.”Though shunned by the Palestinians, the Trump administration says it remains committed to helping them and Israel negotiate a peace deal. Those talks have been stalled for almost four years.Pence responded to the fracas by saying with a smile: “It is deeply humbling for me to stand before this vibrant democracy.”

Though shunned by the Palestinians, the Trump administration says it remains committed to helping them and Israel negotiate a peace deal. Those talks have been stalled for almost four years.Pence, an evangelical Christian, drew parallels between Jewish history dating back to biblical times and the European pilgrims who founded the United States. He was greeted with ovations by Israeli legislators throughout his speech.Noting that Israel will in May mark 70 years since its founding – in a war Palestinians mourn as a catastrophe – Pence switched to Hebrew to recite a Jewish prayer of thanksgiving.