In recent months, Vice President Mike Pence has been stepping forward and seizing moments of leadership to show America, and the world at large, what he is all about. After hosts on “The View” bashed him for his devout Christian beliefs and called his relationship with Jesus a form of “mental illness,” he took to Fox News to correct their mistake.
And now Pence is stepping forward to make an even bolder request of the United Nations. In front of world leaders, Pence announced how “Israel bashing” will no longer be tolerated while he is second in command.
Pence spoke his courage at the Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on Tuesday morning that was held at the Washington Convention Center. Pence is a big supporter of America’s relationship with Israel and wants the relationship to grow and strengthen during the Trump presidency.
The Vice President said:
“You know, thanks to [President Donald Trump’s] leadership, the alliance between America and Israel has never been stronger. The friendship between our peoples has never been deeper. And I stand before you today on his behalf to convey a simple message: America stands with Israel — today, tomorrow, and always.”
Besides speaking out against the United Nations for the way they have been treating Israel, Pence also took a moment to compliment the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Because she has been a relentless advocate for Israel, the Jewish state in the Middle East, she has been defending the country that needs support from outside of its geographic region.
Backed by Trump and Pence, Haley has a powerful pro-Israel agenda that indicates how “the days of Israel-bashing at the United Nations are over.”
One reason Pence was giving the speech at the convention center was that of President Trump’s controversial move to relocated the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The reason this is controversial is that Jerusalem is a contested city that shares claims from both Israel and Palestine. Besides the Palestinians, the main critics of Trump’s plan are the member countries of the United Nations.
Despite facing stiff opposition, Trump plans to move the embassy in May to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the official creation of the state of Israel.
Pence gladly drew attention to this reason for celebration.
“As the president said, by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in his words, ‘We finally acknowledge the obvious,’” Pence said. “The state of Israel is called Jerusalem, the seat of its government since its rebirth 70 years ago.”
Besides speaking at this convention, Pence has made other moves to showcase his support for Israel in 2018. He became the first vice president to address the Knesset in Jerusalem when he went in January. And while there, Pence promised that the United States “will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.”
With the unflinching support of the president and the vice president, Israel should feel safer than they have in years.
What do you think about Pence’s promise to Israel?