Jordan King warns U.S. moving embassy to Jerusalem could jeopardize peace efforts

Trevor Jackson
November 30, 2017

"We have nothing to announce", said press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Pence also said that U.S. President Donald Trump was "actively considering" moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Vice President Mike Pence said that President Donald Trump is "actively considering" moving the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a campaign pledge the president has yet to fulfill.

"I bring the congratulations and support of a champion of Israel, President Donald Trump", said Pence, who received a standing ovation.

There was no official confirmation of the claim from Israel or the US.

According to the Times, the Jordanian king explained that moving the American embassy to Jersualem would have to be part of a comprehensive two-state solution - the only viable solution in his eyes - which would also establish East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

Taking that step now could prompt terrorists to whip up anger, frustration and desperation in order to spread their ideologies, he warned.

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Jordan's King Abudallah II has apprised USA leaders of the inherent dangers in moving the American embassy from its current Tel Aviv location to Jerusalem, fearing that the move could prompt terrorist activity and further threaten prospects for peace.

Pence spoke at a New York City event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations vote that led to the founding of the state of Israel.

On June 1, Trump decided against any immediate move, shying away from what was a major campaign promise by signing a legal waiver that delayed the embassy's relocation for six months. After Trump signed the waiver in June, various administration officials said moving the embassy was a matter of "when, not if". "That under our administration, America will always stand with Israel".

During the campaign, then-candidate Trump promised that if elected, he would follow through on the move postponed for more than two decades by successive US administrations.

In just a few more weeks, the president will decide whether to approve the move or stave off the decision for another six months.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the event via video link and described Israel as "a thriving democracy that helps so many people around the world" with many allies, "including the United States".

The vice president added that the Trump administration is also committed to ending the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Theodor Herzl dreamed of the impossible.

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