US Vice President Mike Pence will conclude his trip to Israel on Tuesday by meeting with President Reuven Rivlin and visiting Yad Vashem and the Western Wall.
Pence and Netanyahu in 2014 Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO
US Vice President Mike Pence will spend his third and last day in Israel meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, touring the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and visiting the Western Wall. After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and addressing the Knesset on the first full day of his visit, Pence will conclude his trip on Tuesday evening.
Pence confirmed at the Knesset the US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, stating: “In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, and that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year.”
Pence’s meeting with Rivlin is set to take place at the President’s residence in Jerusalem. They are expected to discuss Pence’s speech at the Knesset, which reaffirmed the strong relationship between the US and Israel. Both gave short statements before meeting in private. Rivlin referred to Pence as a “mentsch” (a person of integrity in Yiddish) and thanked him for his visit.
Following his meeting with Rivlin, Pence will tour at Yad Vashem with Netanyahu. Pence is said to lay a wreath out of respect and memory for those lost during the Holocaust.
Many fear that Pence’s visit to the Western Wall will spark controversy and protests. These riots will be in response to US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas canceled his meeting with Pence after Trump’s announcement. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, the Western Wall rabbi, will accompany Pence at the holy site.