Jordan King warns USA moving embassy to Jerusalem could jeopardize peace efforts

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"Under our administration, America will always stand with Israel". A number of other presidents similarly campaigned on a promise to move the embassy but reneged in office.

During the event, Vice President Mike Pence announced that President Trump "is seriously weighing moving the US embassy to Jerusalem".

In 1995, Congress passed a law making it USA policy to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

The ramifications of such a move, according to the same sources, would be that Trump would instruct his staff to begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

On June 1, Trump shied away from what was a major campaign promise by signing a legal waiver that keeps the embassy in Tel Aviv.

In just a few more weeks, the president will decide whether to approve the move or stave off the decision for another six months. After Trump signed the waiver in June, various administration officials said moving the embassy was a matter of "when, not if". Last May, he was one of 60 prominent Christian leaders - representing 60 million evangelicals - who urged President Trump not to delay the move, especially in view of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

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"Israel didn't need a resolution to call for its existence, because its right to exist is self-evident and timeless", Pence said.

During Tuesday's address, Pence emphasized the U.S.'s strong relations with Israel. Pence also spoke of the support that the US has shown Israel and stated that the negative treatment that Israel has seen at the hands of the United Nations ended with the apointment of USA ambassador Nikki Haley to the U.N.

He reiterated that the USA alliance with Israel is stronger than ever, and that the Trump administration will never allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon.

Meanwhile, Iranian officials continue vowing to destroy both Israel and the U.S. Despite those very real threats, Israeli U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said Israel will continue to be "a light to the nations".

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the event via video link and described Israel as "a thriving democracy that helps so many people around the world" with many allies, "including the United States". It would also force the Arabs and the Palestinians to wake up from a long-harbored fantasy that they could disassociate Israel and the Jewish people from Jerusalem. But the vote in the UN, 70 years ago, gave Israel something very special: "a place among the nations".

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