In a Monday meeting at the White House, Jerusalem’s mayor Nir Barkat awarded Vice President Mike Pence “The Defender of Jerusalem” award for his unwavering support of the city and its residents. Later on Monday in a speech at AIPAC, Pence reaffirmed his support and said that in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the US has “finally acknowledged the obvious.”

Pence and Barkat at the White House

Pence and Barkat at the White House Photo Credit: White House

Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat on Monday met with US Vice President Mike Pence at the White House. Joining the meeting were US Special Representative Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Barkat and Pence discussed the announced US embassy move to Jerusalem in May and the ongoing preparations for the event, as well as other areas of mutual interest. During the meeting, Barkat thanked Pence for his support in the embassy move and of Israel in general and awarded him “The Defender of Jerusalem Award” on behalf of the city’s residents.

“Defender of Jerusalem” award Photo Credit: Jerusalem municipality spokesperson

During his address at AIPAC later on Monday, Pence reaffirmed the administration’s full support in Israel. “America stands with Israel – today tomorrow and always,” the vice president declared. “We stand with Israel because her cause is our cause, her values are our values, and her fight is our fight. We stand with Israel because we believe in right over wrong, in good over evil, in liberty over tyranny.”

Pence also addressed the move of the US embassy and highlighted US President Donald Trump’s policy on the matter. “While every president for the past two decades promised to recognize the capital of Israel, President Trump did more than promise, he delivered,” Pence said. “We finally acknowledged the obvious. The State of Israel recognizes Jerusalem as the seat of its government since its rebirth 70 years ago.”

As previously reported by JOL, several reports indicated that an American delegation will arrive in Israel in the upcoming days to begin the process of transferring the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The delegation is expected to address all the legal issues of the process, as well as to tour the area of the proposed embassy.