US Vice President Mike Pence has begun his first full day in Israel by meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Pence arrived at Netanyahu’s office this morning and was greeted by soldiers and the prime minister. Both national anthems were then played.
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US Vice President Mike Pence began his first full day in Israel on Monday, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Pence was scheduled to have a press conference this morning with Netanyahu. However, the two decided to begin their private meeting without making statements to reporters. Later today, Pence will deliver a speech at the Knesset and a have dinner at Netanyahu’s residence with his wife and the Netanyahu couple.
Pence is said to be speaking with Netanyahu about regional issues including the embassy move to Jerusalem, the Iran Nuclear Deal and the Syrian war. During the meeting, Pence stated that it is a “great honor” to be in “Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.”
He further stated that he is hopeful “we are at the dawn of a new era” for discussions to reach peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Tomorrow, Pence will be meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, followed by a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and concluding his time in Israel with a visit to the Western Wall.
Pence arrived in Israel Sunday night following his visits to Jordan and Egypt, coming after US President Donald Trump’s announcement to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, marking Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.