US Vice President Mike Pence and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met on Tuesday at the President’s residence to discuss the US-Israel relationship, embassy move and cooperation on mutual security.
Pence and Rivlin meet at President’s residence Photo Credit: YouTube screenshot/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and US Vice President Mike Pence met on Tuesday morning. Rivlin welcomed Pence at his residence in Jerusalem.
The two discussed the embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, with Pence assuring that the move will take place by the end of 2019. Rivlin stated, “We are so very proud, as Jerusalemites, about the decision of President Trump about recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
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Rivlin referred to the establishment of the State of Israel as a “return to our homeland” and “not as compensation for the Holocaust.” Pence discussed the honor it was for him to be the first US Vice President to speak at the Knesset and continued to state the undeniable relationship between Israel and the US, saying that the embassy move is a “tangible sign of our enduring commitment and alliance to the State of Israel.”
Pence said that it is the “time for changes” regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal and that “punitive sanctions will be available for many years to come” to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear capable.
Rivlin and Pence will continue to speak about the Syrian civil war, ISIS and Jerusalem unification. They also are expected to exchange ideas about the situation in Gaza.