WASHINGTON - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will attend an event marking 70 years to the UN's vote to accept the 1947 partition plan next month.
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The event, organized by the Israeli mission to the UN, will take place at the site where the UN headquarters were located at the time of the historic vote, in the New York borough of Queens.
Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, announced Pence's participation on Sunday, writing that the Israeli delegation is "honored" that he will be joining the event.
Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the UN, is also expected to attend the event.
Pence has been the Trump administration's most senior representative at other Israel-related events associated this year, such as the AIPAC annual conference in March, and a reception in honor of Israel's Independence Day in May. Pence also spoke at a conference organized by the Republican Jewish Coalition in February.
Last week the U.S. announced that it was withdrawing from UNESCO, the United Nation's culture, science and education agency, because of what it termed the agency's "anti-Israel bias."
Following the announcement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed Israel's Foreign Ministry to lay the ground work for Israel's withdrawal from the UN body as well.
Netanyahu, commenting on the U.S. withdrawal said: "This is a brave and moral decision, because UNESCO has become a theatre of the absurd and instead of preserving history, it distorts it."