Pence says Trump 'actively considering' embassy move in Israel


Jordan's King Abudallah II has apprised United States leaders of the inherent dangers in moving the American embassy from its current Tel Aviv location to Jerusalem, fearing that the move could prompt terrorist activity and further threaten prospects for peace.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will be speaking at the event, which marks 70 years since UN Resolution 181, which called for the partition of British Mandate Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.

In just a few more weeks, the president will decide whether to approve the move or stave off the decision for another six months.

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

Pence's pledge comes days before the December 1 deadline for Trump to decide whether to waive a 1995 law mandating moving the embassy to Jerusalem, which sources say that Trump will not renew. Pence also spoke of the support that the US has shown Israel and stated that the negative treatment that Israel has seen at the hands of the United Nations ended with the apointment of USA ambassador Nikki Haley to the U.N. "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).

The vice president also talked about the USA -led Iranian nuclear deal, saying the administration is working with Congress "to overcome some of the Iran deal's most glaring problems".

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Pence, who is to visit Jerusalem next month, said he would address the Israeli parliament during the trip and "bring a message of resolve and commitment to draw the United States and Israel even closer together, and to stand together in defense of all that we hold dear".

"Under President Trump, the USA will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons", he said.

"It's a question of when, not if", a U.S. official said at the time about a move to Jerusalem, which Israel considers its eternal capital.

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.

"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. But the vote in the UN, 70 years ago, gave Israel something very special: "a place among the nations".