Jerusalem [Israel], Jan.22 (ANI): United States Vice President Mike Pence, who is currently on a visit to Israel, pledged Monday that Washington will move embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019.
"Jerusalem is Israel's capital, and as such President Trump has directed the State Department to immediately begin preparations to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," Pence said to prolonged applause from Israeli parliamentarians.
At the start of his address, Israeli Arab lawmakers staged a protest from the floor of the Knesset.
Members of the Joint List coalition of Arab parties, which had pledged to boycott the Pence speech, began shouting and holding up protest signs as he started speaking but were swiftly hustled out by ushers.
The US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital broke with decades of international consensus that the city´s status should be settled as part of a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
It prompted the Palestinians to cut ties with the Trump administration, but Pence urged them to return to negotiations. (ANI with inputs)