Promising President Trump’s full support for Israel but offering few specifics, Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday the new administration is “giving serious consideration” to moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Pence, speaking to nearly 20,000 members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference for the lobby’s annual policy conference, sought to assure the pro-Israel community of the Trump administration’s backing, while also making clear that President Trump is interested in promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace, an issue that had led to friction between the Netanyahu government and the administration of former president Obama.
“President Trump is committed to forging a lasting peace in the Middle East,” Pence said, explaining that Trump is seeking an “equitable and just solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that while there will be need for compromise, Trump “ will never compromise the safety and security of the Jewish state of Israel.”
Pence’s remark come after talks between top Israeli and American negotiators failed to bring about an agreement on limiting Israel’s settlement activity and after a White House statement last Thursday noted Trump’s “concerns” over the settlement issue.
Pence also offered new wording on Trump’s campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The President, according to Pence, is “giving serious consideration” to relocating the embassy.