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Mike Pence tells Israel’s parliament US Embassy will move to Jerusalem in 2019

Arab politicians in Knesset stage protest against American vice president

Pence and NetanyahuUS Vice President Mike Pence (left) meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, Israel Haim Zach/GPO via Getty

US Vice President Mike Pence has told Israel’s parliament that the US embassy in the country will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019.

He sparked fresh anger during the visit to when he said it was an honour to be in “Israel’s capital, Jerusalem”. President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the Israeli capital at the end of last year, turning his back on decades of US foreign policy and sparking protests across the region.

The announcement by Mr Pence, who also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, involves a shorter timeframe than had been previously highlighted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said it would likely take “three years” for the move to happen.

“The United States has chosen fact over fiction – and fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace,” Mr Pence said, using similar strength of language to that of Mr Trump when he initially announced the move – language which has drawn international condemnation. 

“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,” he said. 

“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,” he added.

If nothing else President Donald Trump seems determined to follow through on his election promise of moving the U.S.A Embassey from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  But will this advance the cause of Peace in the Middle East?  As True Bible Students we fully expect to see a measure of peace develop in the Middle East before Christ Returns. At the time of the end when the Battle of Armageddon takes place Israel is described as a land at rest, dwelling in peace.  We read this in Ezekiel 38:11-12

“11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.”

So from this passage we see that Israel will be a land at rest without "walls, having neither bars nor gates". Clearly something has yet to change to bring this about as Israel has been building "walls" with "bars and gates" to keep the Palestinians out.  So we need to watch and see what might develop from President Donald Trumps moves to establish peace, he seems very confident that he can do it and given his business deal making background vs his non political background he might be just the one to bring about something new.

See this article to learn more about the Middle East in the Last Days: THE MIDDLE EAST AND BIBLE PROPHECY

See this article to learn more about: ISRAEL, EGYPT AND THE ARABS

See this article also on Jerusalem:  JERUSALEM - WHOSE CITY IS IT?