Israel Expects President Trump to Move Embassy to Jerusalem Within Days

Posted November 30, 2017

The president sent me with a simple message: "Under our administration, America will always stand with Israel", Pence said.

During the campaign, then-candidate Trump promised that if elected, he would follow through on the move postponed for more than two decades by successive US administrations.

US President Donald Trump is "actively considering when and how" to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his vice president said Tuesday, evoking a campaign promise that the administration had sidelined.

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

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump vowed several times to move the United States embassy, which like other worldwide missions is now located in Tel Aviv because of Jerusalem's disputed status.

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

US Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Christians United for Israel conference in Washington DC
US Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Christians United for Israel conference in Washington DC

According to the estimated motive for the decision now, sources have said that the President does not want to wait for a formal political plan of action to take shape because he does not want to have to again sign a renunciation of the plan to move the embassy. Last May, he was one of 60 prominent Christian leaders - representing 60 million evangelicals - who urged President Trump not to delay the move, especially in view of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. "Only a free and democratic Israel will protect Jerusalem for all peoples of faith", said Susan Michael, director of the USA branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ).

"Israel didn't need a resolution to call for its existence, because its right to exist is self-evident and timeless", Pence said.

He reiterated that the USA alliance with Israel is stronger than ever, and that the Trump administration will never allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon. "While Israel was built by human hands, it's impossible not to see the hand of heaven here too".

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder also spoke at the event, which was organized by the Israeli mission to the UN.

Emphasizing that there is no alternative to the two-state solution, he said it was important no measures be taken to undermine U.S. efforts to kickstart peace talks, the Jordan Times reported. The Holocaust proved that the Jewish people can not safely exist without this independence. But the vote in the UN, 70 years ago, gave Israel something very special: "a place among the nations".