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USA: 'America stands with Israel' - Pence at AIPAC conference

United States, Washington DC
March 25, 2019 at 17:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Vice President Mike Pence voiced his support of Israel while speaking at the AIPAC annual conference in Washington on Monday. The statement was made before US President Donald Trump officially recognised Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.

"Today, for the first time in 52 years, with Prime Minister Netanyahu at his side, the president of the United States will formally recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights," Pence said.

Delivering his remarks, Pence stressed that "if the world knows nothing else the world knows this: America stands with Israel."

He also condemned the recent Hamas rocket attack on Israel, during which a house in Mishmeret, a town 30km (19mi) north of Tel Aviv, was hit.

"Today's rocket attack by Hamas proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace. Hamas is a terrorist organisation that seeks the destruction of Israel, and the United States will never negotiate with terrorist Hamas," he said.

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who was speaking later at the event, also commented on the attack, saying that she found it "interesting" that the UN was "radio silent" over the incident.

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US Vice President Mike Pence voiced his support of Israel while speaking at the AIPAC annual conference in Washington on Monday. The statement was made before US President Donald Trump officially recognised Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.

"Today, for the first time in 52 years, with Prime Minister Netanyahu at his side, the president of the United States will formally recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights," Pence said.

Delivering his remarks, Pence stressed that "if the world knows nothing else the world knows this: America stands with Israel."

He also condemned the recent Hamas rocket attack on Israel, during which a house in Mishmeret, a town 30km (19mi) north of Tel Aviv, was hit.

"Today's rocket attack by Hamas proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace. Hamas is a terrorist organisation that seeks the destruction of Israel, and the United States will never negotiate with terrorist Hamas," he said.

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who was speaking later at the event, also commented on the attack, saying that she found it "interesting" that the UN was "radio silent" over the incident.

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