On Monday Vice President Mike Pence landed in Jerusalem on his last stop of his Middle East tour. As he stood with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in front of reporters, he delivered a short message that is sure to cement the occasion as a historic moment in U.S.-Israeli ties.
“It is my great honor on behalf of the president of the United States to be in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem,” said Pence. “It’s a great privilege for me to be here.”
Pence added, “I am here hopeful…that we are at the dawn of a new era of renewed discussions in order to achieve a peaceful resolution to the decades-long conflict.”
In response, Netanyahu thanked him for the “historic declaration,” saying, “This is the first time that we both can say the words, ‘Jerusalem, the capital of Israel,’” and said that the U.S.-Israeli alliance has “never been stronger.”
According to Jerusalem Online, Pence and Netanyahu will be discussing “issues of common concern,” such as the strengthening of the American-Israeli alliance as well as confronting the challenges before them in the Middle East.
Pence also said that he’s eager to discuss ways that will help foster a peace deal with the Palestinians. He said that President Trump made the decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because he felt it would help bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
The U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has infuriated the Palestinians. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not meet with the Trump administration following the announcement, and he called off a meeting with Pence that had been scheduled for mid-December, according to News West 9.
Before Pence arrived in Israel, he visited Egypt and Jordan, where King Abdullah II warned him that he had to “rebuild trust and confidence” after the Jerusalem declaration.
Pence placed his hand over his heart as an honor guard greeted him with the American national anthem. He was joined by White House Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt, U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, and the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, before making a statement with Netanyahu.
What do you think of this? Please pray for the U.S.-Israeli relationship, that God will use it for His glory. In recent news, a young girl after taking flu medication hallucinated and tried to jump out of a window.