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January 23, 2018 4:02 pm

After Knesset Speech, Major US Jewish Groups Praise VP Pence for Support of Israel

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US Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ariel Schalit / Pool.

US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech at the Israeli Knesset on Monday was warmly praised by a number of major American-Jewish groups.

“President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have proven time and again since entering office that the US administration today is a true friend of the State of Israel, dedicated to the well-being and security of the Jewish people, to the indisputable nature of Jerusalem as Israel’s historic capital, and to supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if agreed upon by both sides,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said in a statement.

Zionist Organization of America President Morton A. Klein hailed Pence’s “extraordinary and powerful address.”

“Vice President Pence’s speech was one of the most pro-Israel speeches ever delivered by a foreign official,” Klein stated. “It was also one of the most clear-thinking anti-terror speeches ever delivered.”

B’nai B’rith International tweeted, “We commend @VP Pence at the Knesset today for his strong statement of support for Israel and for his affirmation of a close US-Israel relationship.”

In his Knesset speech, Pence announced that the US Embassy in Israel would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019.

He also vowed that the US would “never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.”

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