US Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed on Tuesday that the Trump Administration will always stand with Israel, and does indeed still intend to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem, a move that would significantly bolster Israel's claim to the entirety of the Holy City.
Pence was speaking at an event marking the 70th anniversary of the historic vote by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize a Jewish state in this region.
The vote also recognized an adjacent Arab state, but the Arab world rejected the vote and declared war on the nascent Jewish state. The land earmarked for that new Arab state was instead conquered and annexed by Jordan.
Pence, a Bible-believing Christian, told the gathering that while the UN vote is worth remembering, "Israel didn't need a resolution to call for its existence, because its right to exist is self-evident, and timeless."
"While Israel was built by human hands, it's impossible not to see the hand of heaven here too. 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. Israel is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people."
Regarding the embassy move, Pence urged Israelis to be patient, but not to worry.
Trump repeatedly vowed in the strongest possible terms during the election campaign that he would be the president to finally fulfill the American promise to move the US Embassy to Israel's actual capital city.
Many Israelis have expressed frustration that nearly a year into Trump's presidency, the move still hasn't happened.
"President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," Pence sought to reassure them.
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