Pence says Trump 'actively considering' embassy move in Israel


United States Vice President Mike Pence attended an event in NY on Tuesday to mark the 70anniversary of UN General Assembly Resolution 181 that recommended partitioning Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state and Arab state.

"Seventy years ago in this very room, in these very seats where you are sitting today, the dream of the Jewish people of 2,000 years came true".

On Wednesday, Hadashot television news reported that in Israel, "there is a very high expectation" that Trump will declare that he "formally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and instructing his team to actively prepare to move the embassy".

"America stands with Israel because her cause is our cause, her values are our values and her fight is our fight".

And despite his campaign promises, President Trump signed a waiver in June postponing the move and disappointing many in Israel.

The White House said at the time that the question is "not if that move happens, but only when". "He doesn't think the timing is right, right now".

Shifting the building could be seen as a de facto recognition of Israel's claim over the whole city, including predominantly Palestinian east Jerusalem.

Many Israelis have expressed frustration that almost a year into Trump's presidency, the move still hasn't happened. Since that year, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Trump all signed waivers.

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"As President Trump says, 'If the world knows nothing else, let them know this: America stands with Israel".

The status of Jerusalem is a flashpoint issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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.

Shaheen also argued the that United States government is trying to draw out a path for the region at the expense of Palestinians, while attempting to force new conditions on their leadership before announcing its own plan for the peace process.

Vice President Mike Pence, who is due to visit Israel in December, said this week that Trump is "actively considering when and how" to move the embassy.

The event was organized by the World Jewish Congress and the Israeli mission to the UN and was held in the Queens Museum in NY where the UN General Assembly met in 1947.

He also commented on USA efforts at the UN, repeating US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley's words that "the days of Israel-bashing at the United Nations are over".

Pence also said that Trump and his team were working on a peace deal with the Palestinians that "will never compromise the safety and security of the Jewish State of Israel".