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Mike Pence: US Seriously Considering Moving Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

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By    |   Monday, 27 Mar 2017 07:37 AM

Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. is still considering moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, CNN reported.

His comments came in an address to the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

"After decades of simply talking about it, the president of the United States is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," Pence said.

Congress passed a law in 1995 to move the embassy to Jerusalem. However, the move was met with resistance from former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who put it on hold due to security concerns, the Washington Examiner reported.

President Donald Trump has raised the possibility of moving the embassy in the past and even told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month he would "love to see that happen," according to the Examiner.

While administration officials are still pondering the move, the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is initially expected to live and work out of Jerusalem, CNN reported.

Moving the embassy is expected to be met with opposition in the Arab world.

CNN noted the Palestine Liberation Organization has said it would revoke its recognition of Israel if the embassy moved.

"Under no circumstances shall we recognize Israel (with the) United States saying east Jerusalem is annexed," PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told CNN in January.

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