Sources in the political echelon have reported that they expect the U.S. President, Donald Trump to announce his formal recognition of the Jerusalem as Israel's capital in the coming days. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said those reports were "premature", adding, "we have nothing to announce".
US President Donald Trump is "actively considering when and how" to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his vice president said on Tuesday, evoking a controversial campaign promise that the administration had sidelined.
Congress passed a law in 1995 making it U.S. policy to move the embassy to Jerusalem, symbolically endorsing Israel's claim on the city as its capital.
"It's a question of when, not if", a U.S. official said at the time about a move to Jerusalem, which Israel considers its eternal capital.
As a candidate, Trump echoed the decades-old promise of past presidential candidates that he would move the embassy.
A report by Channel 2, revealed that senior Israeli officials have said that the Israeli government expects an announcement from President Trump in the coming days, regarding moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The competing claims to Jerusalem sometimes spill over into violence, and the US has withheld recognition of Israeli control of the area until there is a deal.
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Pence evoked the sidelined campaign promise at the Queens Museum, where he was keynote speaker at a re-enactment of the historic United Nations vote that established the Jewish state 70 years ago.
In a speech held at the former UN General Assembly hall in New York City's Queens borough, where the original vote took place in 1947, Pence said that Israel's right to exist predated the vote.
Trump has so far balked at moving the U.S. mission to Israel's capital, despite initial anticipation among many Israeli and American Jews that he would make good on that election campaign promise.
The king warned the officials that a lack of progress on the Israeli-Palestinian issue could fuel extremism and terrorism in the Middle East. The next six-month waiver is due to be signed this week. "President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America's national security interests. In 1897 Theodor Herzl dreamed of the impossible, in 1947 the Jewish people realized the impossible and today in 2017, 70 years later, the modern state of Israel has made the impossible possible". "Under our administration, America will always stand with Israel".
He said the UN had "too often" become "a forum for invective in the form of anti-Semitism and hatred" but vowed "the days of Israel-bashing at the United Nations are over".
The administration was "committed" to bringing peace to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said.
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