US Vice President Mike Pence delivered an impassioned address at AIPAC’s annual policy conference Sunday evening, vowing on behalf of a nascent administration to implement an unapologetically pro-Israel policy agenda, which included, he said, the continued possibility of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The president of the United States is giving serious consideration to moving the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv,” Pence told a crowd of nearly 18,000 at the Verizon Center in the nation’s capital, who greeted his speech warmly.
US President Donald Trump first pledged to enact the relocation when he spoke as a candidate at the lobby’s same conference last year, and he repeatedly signaled his intent to follow through on that promise during the transition.
But since assuming office and the responsibilities of conducting foreign policy, he has wavered on any such plan. As of now, the US Embassy remains in Tel Aviv. Trump has signaled that it is something he would like to do eventually, but has also indicated it is unlikely any time soon.
The vice president also touched on three major themes of the administration’s foreign policy: strengthening the US-Israel relationship, preventing Tehran from acquiring a nuclear arsenal, and pursuing a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.