Israel's ambassador breathes a sigh of relief

"You see that expressed in seeing Ambassador [Nikki] Haley standing up for what's right and the truth at the United Nations", he said of the US envoy who frequently accuses the United Nations of institutional bias against Israel.

Netanyahu thanked Trump for his "strong support of Israel" during his address to AIPAC on Monday. "This is our solemn promise to you, to Israel and to the world", he told the predominately Jewish audience.

In front of 18,000 participants in the conference, Pence said, "After decades of simply talking about it, the POTUS is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem!" "I heard President Trump express his unwavering support for Israel and the Jewish people - support he would reiterate last month when he welcomed the prime minister to the White House to reaffirm the enduring bond between our nations and our people".

Trump had pledged to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem and appointed a pro-settlement envoy to Israel. The Iran deal and a Trump presidency have become facts of life, albeit highly contested ones - and the Obama era has come and gone. "We don't have a greater friend than Israel", she added. Moving the mission would place the United States in a singular position and anger Palestinians who want part of the city as the capital of an independent state.

The Trump administration, the newspaper reported, is pressing the regime of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a so-called peace deal with Palestinians that would halt the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, but Netanyahu is refusing to stop the settlement activity. "The Israel-bashing is not as loud".

Trump's ambassador to the United Nations was on hand, to make very clear: Iran is the problem, and should be the body's focus.

On Friday, the US Senate confirmed David Friedman as the US ambassador to Israel.

Finally, Pence reassured the audience that Trump "is also invested in finding an equitable and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".

"Israel is committed to working with President Trump to advance peace with the Palestinians and with all our neighbours".

The 2017 conference, however, focused on adjusting to new realities.

When asked about the topic at a joint press conference in Washington with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February, Trump said, "I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like". The US president then said the rapid growth of settlements was an obstacle in reaching an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

  • Joanne Flowers