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Vice President Pence Promises US Will Move Embassy to Jerusalem

The US will never waiver in its support of Israel, its most cherished ally, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday at the 12th annual Christians United for Israel summit in Washington.Vice President Mike Pence affirmed US support for Israel and the USA embassy’s move to Jerusalem, during his address at the 2017 Christians United For Israel summit Monday. We will stand without apology for Israel tomorrow and President Donald Trump and I will stand with Israel always.The group, founded by the controversial San Antonio pastor John Hagee, is composed largely of evangelicals and met in Washington this week in to celebrate what its members consider to be an administration more in line with its values. “I know you believe that, and I thank you for that support”. “How more unlikely has been her survival and how confounding against the odds has been her thriving?” he said.Since Israel’s founding, Pence added, “the Jewish people have awed the world with their strength of will and their strength of character”.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country has “no greater friends” than Christians and claimed that Islamic extremists “hate Israel” because “we represent a free society built on the foundation of Judeo-Christian heritage”.Trump signed a waiver June 1 to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv, avoiding a move to Jerusalem for an additional six months. Whitehouse spokesman Sean Spicer said at the time that the delay did not negate Trump’s promise, but was done to buy time to successfully negotiate the Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, now corroborated by Pence’s Monday promise.The status of Jerusalem is a flashpoint issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.On the campaign trail, Trump promised in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to “move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem”.Before the pro-Israel, Christian audience, Pence received cheers as he listed off the administration’s commitments to Israel and garnered sustained applause at the mention of Trump.”In terms of deliverables with respect to Israel, nothing has happened”, Goldman said. ‘To present this as a new day? No. “It is a continuation of the strong unwavering bond that Israel has had with America and America has had with Israel”, she said.