Nikki Haley Is Unmatched Favorite At AIPAC Conference
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 8:06
We don't have a greater friend than Israel.
Now, Netanyahu's government want Trump and Friedman to make good on a campaign promise to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which Israel claims as its undivided capital.
Speaking Monday via satellite to the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Netanyahu called on the United States to "vanquish" the so-called Islamic State group and build alliances with moderate Muslims to make sure IS does not return.
"Israel is committed to working with President Trump to advance peace with the Palestinians and with all our neighbors", Netanyahu said, noting that Palestine must recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
Netanyahu heaped praise on Trump, who has set a more positive tone with Israel than his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, who often clashed with the Israeli leader.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence revived talk of the possibility the United States may move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, saying President Donald Trump was seriously considering the matter.
"America will no longer tolerate Iran's efforts to destabilize the region and jeopardize Israel's security. This is our solemn promise to you, to Israel, and to the world". However, Pence reassured attendees that the administration is invested in finding an "equitable and just solution" to the conflict.
Addressing AIPAC later on Monday, Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, vowed that the Trump administration would watch Iran "like a hawk" to be sure it sticks to the nuclear deal.
If the United States were to relocate its embassy, it would be seen as an explicit recognition of Jerusalem belonging to Israel, potentially pre-determining the outcome of eventual peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Moving the mission would place the United States in a singular position and be likely to anger Palestinians who want part of the city as a capital of an independent state.
On the settlements issue, a round of U.S.
A number of non-Jewish activists like academic Cornel West also participated in Sunday's protest, which saw protesters briefly blocking the doors of the AIPAC conference, Press TV reported.
The US-Israeli agreement under discussion is expected to be announced with a set of economic and development projects in the Palestinian territories with an emphasis on Gaza, the officials said.