Pence to Speak of Iran Deal, Embassy's Move to Jerusalem, at Israel's 70th Anniversary in D.C.

The event will take place one day after the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks in Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
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WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the Israeli Embassy's celebration of Israel's 70th anniversary next week in Washington, the embassy announced on Thursday night. The event will take place one day after the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

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Pence has emerged over the past year as the administration's top liasion to events involving Israel and the Jewish community. He spoke twice at the annual AIPAC conference on behalf of the administration, hosted a celebration of Israel's Independence Day at the White House last year, and gave a speech before the Israeli Knesset in February.

His speech will focus on the Trump administration's decisions to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and to quit the Iran nuclear deal. He will also respond to the recent confrontations between Israel and Iran in the Syrian arena.