US Vice President Mike Pence noted on the air of Fox News TV that it will take several years to transfer the US embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, reported TASS news agency of Russia.
“I think it will probably be several years before we cut the ribbon, but the decision is made,” Pence said, in particular. “We’re moving our embassy to the capital of Israel.”
“Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” Pence added. “The [US] president said that we have recognized the obvious, we have affirmed the will of the American people, but now our hope is that we can move forward and begin to discuss those issues that can be negotiated in the hopes of achieving a lasting peace.”
“The president recommitted the United States to engagement in the peace process,” the US Vice President also said. “We remain committed to peace, but what the president did in that decision and in making it a reality — was he essentially took off of the table, an issue that really wasn’t negotiable to this administration or to the American people.”
On December 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump stated that he recognizes Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, and said the US Department of State had been ordered to start transferring the US embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But this decision has brought about worldwide reaction.
And on December 21, 2017, the UN General Assembly voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions in favor of a nonbinding resolution declaring Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.” Armenia also voted for the resolution.