Pence revives talk of U.S. moving Tel
Aviv embassy to Jerusalem
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[March 27, 2017]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice
President Mike Pence on Sunday revived talk of the possibility the
United States may move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, saying
President Donald Trump was seriously considering the matter.
During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Trump's team spoke often
about moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. But since taking office, the
contentious issue appears to have moved to the backburner.
"After decades of simply talking about it, the president of the United
States is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," Pence said in a speech to the influential,
pro-Israel U.S. lobbying group AIPAC.
Israel regards Jerusalem as its eternal and indivisible capital and
wants all countries to base their embassies there, though Israeli
politicians also understand that moving the U.S. embassy there could be
The relocation is strongly opposed by many U.S. allies as the
Palestinians also claim the city as their capital.
The final status of Jerusalem is supposed to be determined via direct
negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stands in front of the U.S Embassy in
Tel Aviv, Israel January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo
If the United States were to relocate its embassy, it would be seen as
an explicit recognition of Jerusalem belonging to Israel, potentially
pre-determining the outcome of eventual peace negotiations between
Israel and the Palestinians.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed Trump's pick to be
ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer allied
with the Israeli right, who favors moving the U.S. embassy to
(Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Andrew Hay)
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