The U.S. embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday. “In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem — and that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year,” Pence said in a speech to the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is Israel’s capital — and, as such, President

Trump has directed the State Department to begin initial preparations to move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” said Pence, explaining the decision. He did not give an exact date. The main Arab party in the Israeli parliament protested during his remarks after saying earlier that it will boycott the speech. The lawmakers stood up while the vice president spoke and waved signs before they were removed by security. Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint Arab List, said it was the party’s democratic right to boycott the speech. READ MORE