Saagar Enjeti – January 22, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence vowed that the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem will open in 2019 in a Monday speech before Israel’s legislative body.
“In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem — and that the United States embassy will open before the end of next year,” Pence declared. Pence’s speech follows President Donald Trump’s December decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and formally begin the process of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv.
“Mr. Vice President, I’ve had the privilege over the years of standing here with hundreds of world leaders and welcome them, all of them to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Pence, adding “this is the first time that I stand here where both leaders can say those three words.”