Dr. Emmanuel Navon: If Trump and Pence want to get things going they have to be very hands-on about it.
The Media Line, 21.1.2018
Moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will likely be a main focus of discussion while U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits Israel this week. Pence is expected to reaffirm America’s commitment to relocating the embassy to Jerusalem as more than just a political promise.
“(Pence) very much represents the evangelical voters, so that is something that is very important to him,” said Dr. Emmanuel Navon, professor of international relations at Tel Aviv University and expert with the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies. “If (U.S. President Donald Trump) and Pence want to get things going they have to be very hands-on about it.”
Since President Trump announced last month that the U.S. Embassy would be moved to Jerusalem, there’s been debate about when the move would happen, and where the embassy would be located. Some speculate that U.S. Ambassador David Friedman could operate out of a temporary location in Jerusalem while a new embassy is being built, such as the U.S. Consulate services building in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem.