Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that President Trump is “actively considering” moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the divided city of Jerusalem.
In a speech commemorating the 70th anniversary of the U.N. vote that led to the founding of the state of Israel, Mr. Pence told the audience that Mr. Trump’s campaign promise about the embassy move is still being debated.
“President Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” the vice president said to applause.
Mr. Pence received a standing ovation from the crowd at Queens Museum, site of the original vote in 1947. He said he will visit Israel next month and address the Knesset.
He reiterated that the U.S. alliance with Israel is stronger than ever, and that the Trump administration will never allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon.
“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. “While Israel was built by human hands, it’s impossible not to see the hand of Heaven here, too.”
He said America “stands with Israel because her cause is our cause, her values are our values, and her fight is our fight.”
“The days of Israel-bashing at the United Nations are over,” Mr. Pence added.