Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday thanked the Trump administration for “defending Israel’s truth.”
Netanyahu’s comments came after a senior White House official last week stated that the U.S. expects the Kosel to be part of Israel in any future peace deal with the Palestinians.
The prime minister’s comments also came ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s scheduled arrival in Yerushalayim on Dec. 20.
Israel will “warmly welcome” Pence, who is “a great friend of Israel and a great friend of Yerushalayim,” Netanyahu said at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting.
“I would like to express once again our special appreciation for the determination and leadership of President Trump and his administration in defending Israel’s truth, the firmness with which they reject the attempts to use the U.N. as a platform against Israel and their general support,” the prime minister stated, referring to an anticipated U.S. veto of a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution condemning American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
At an emergency session of the UNSC convened earlier this month, 14 of the council’s 15 member states condemned the U.S. policy change on Jerusalem. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the world body has done “much more to damage the prospects for Middle East peace than to advance them.”