Trump 'actively considering' USA embassy Jerusalem move: VP

Kristopher Drake
November 30, 2017

The Holocaust proved that the Jewish people can not safely exist without this independence.

"President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem", Pence said at an event marking the 70th anniversary of United Nations Resolution 181, which endorsed the establishment of a Jewish state in what was then British Mandatory Palestine.

The Palestinians, as well as some Arab leaders and top U.S. officials, have warned that such a move would trigger an uproar and violent unrest in the territories and in Arab capitals that could ruin current USA efforts to push the diplomatic process forward.

Additionally, Trump is facing enormous pressure from his Evangelical supporters who are pushing him to keep his election promise and move the embassy.

Trump on June 1 signed a waiver to keep the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, avoiding a move to Jerusalem for an additional six months. "He doesn't think the timing is right, right now". The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, while Israel has declared the entire city as its capital. The next six-month waiver is due to be signed this week. Since that year, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Trump all signed waivers.

Israeli Transportation Minister Israel Katz, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and Ron Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, will address the audience at the event, which was organized by the Israeli mission to the UN.

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also was present.

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

The report, to which there was no immediate confirmation, followed a speech US Vice President Mike Pence gave a day earlier in which he said that Trump was "actively considering" the step.

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

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin published a video on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the partition plan in which he said that "The United Nations vote on the 29th of November 1947, will stay in the memory of the Jewish people forever".

"The horrors of the Holocaust reminded the world that the safety and security of the Jewish people could not be assured", without an independent state, Mr. Pence said.

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