United States Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Jerusalem was highly anticipated in Israel but shunned by the Palestinians, who refused to meet Pence because of Trump’s decision.
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By JPOST.COM STAFF
After United States President Mike Pence addressed the Knesset earlier today, the diplomat will deliver joint statements with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“With President [Donald] Trump in the White House, and with your strong leadership here in Israel, the best days of the U.S. and our most cherished ally, Israel, are yet to come,” Pence told Netanyahu.
In Knesset, Pence affirmed the US’s support of Israel and urged the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, and said the “shehechiyanu” blessing to thank God for for the occasion.
Pence is the first senior US politician to arrive in Israel since US President Donald Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and intention to move the US Embassy there. His visit was highly anticipated in Israel but shunned by the Palestinians, who refused to meet Pence because of Trump’s decision.
Watch the full speeches, below:
Pence is scheduled to visit Yad Vashem before departing tomorrow.
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