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Jonathan S. Tobin
Mike Pence’s Messianic problem
Asking a “rabbi” who believes in Jesus to speak about the Pittsburgh shooting at a Republican campaign rally highlights the one issue on which virtually all Jews agree.
Pence pressures Paraguayan president to reconsider Israel-embassy reversal
Congratulating Benitez on Wednesday on his new role, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence “strongly encouraged” him to “follow through with Paraguay’s previous commitment to move the embassy as a sign of the historic relationship the country has maintained with both Israel and the United States,” according to a White House statement.
Turkey to open embassy in Paraguay after policy-reversal on Israeli capital
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez to reconsider the decision to undo his predecessor’s move.
Pence reacts strongly to synagogue vandalism in home state of Indiana
The vice president and other politicians say the Nazi symbols spray-painted on Congregation Shaarey Tefilla was a hateful act and “goes against everything America stands for.”
Pence at embassy gala in D.C.: Trump ‘greatest defender of Israel ever’ in White House
“Just as President Truman made history then, Trump has made history now—thanks to his leadership, almost exactly 70 years to the minute since the rebirth of the Jewish state, the American Embassy officially opened in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel,” declared Pence.
Haley and Pence tout Trump administration’s triumphs on Israel in AIPAC speeches
“Some people accuse us of favoritism towards Israel,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told AIPAC. “There's nothing wrong with showing favoritism towards an ally; that's what being an ally is all about.”
Palestinians ramp up feud with Trump administration
In line with the ongoing Palestinian boycott of the Trump administration, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas snubbed U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during the American leader’s visit to Israel this week and instead flew to Europe, where he implored the European Union to recognize a Palestinian state.
Pence concludes Israel trip with ‘inspiring’ Western Wall visit
Pence concludes his visit by praying at the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism.
Pence says Jerusalem recognition will lead to peace, calls for changes to Iran nuclear deal
In Knesset address, Pence declares embassy will move to Jerusalem next year
In a historic address to the Israeli Knesset on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence pledged that the U.S. would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “before the end of next year.”
Jonathan S. Tobin
What did you hear when Mike Pence spoke to the Knesset?
For those who can’t listen to anything coming out of this administration without re-interpreting it through the lens of the resistance, Pence’s moving comments about the ties between America and Israel may seem like a creepy conservative plot against liberal values. But if that’s how you heard it, the problem isn’t in Pence’s rhetoric, but in a rejection of a belief that the overwhelming majority of Americans still rightly view as a consensus issue.
Mike Pence takes a ‘victory lap’ in Israel after Jerusalem policy changes
Vice President Mike Pence is using his trip to the Middle East this week as an opportuni-ty to tout the Trump administration’s recent policy changes on Jerusalem.
Pence meets with Netanyahu, calls Jerusalem recognition ‘dawn of a new era’
Vice President Mike Pence met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem on Monday and called U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital the “dawn of a new era” in the Middle East.
Before Israel visit, Pence reassures Jordan and Egypt of US role in peace process
Ahead of a two-day trip to Israel, Vice President Mike Pence visited neighboring Jordan and Egypt in an attempt to strengthen U.S. ties with the two Arab allies, and to reassure the countries’ leaders of America’s role as a peace broker between Israelis and Palestinians.