彭斯:川普正积极考虑把驻以使馆迁往耶路撒冷

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月29日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

美国驻特拉维夫大使馆(资料照)
美国驻特拉维夫大使馆(资料照)

美国副总统彭斯星期二说,总统川普正在“积极考虑”如何把美国驻以色列使馆从特拉维夫迁往耶路撒冷。

彭斯的这番话在一个纪念联合国表决导致以色列建国70周年的活动上激起了热烈的反响。

川普竞选总统时一再许诺要迁移使馆。这项决定受到以色列的热烈欢迎,但遭到巴勒斯坦人的激烈反对。

今年6月,川普从他的承诺后退,当时他的中东特使试图重振以色列和巴勒斯坦人的和平会谈。白宫当时说,总统只是推后落实而不是放弃他在竞选时做出的搬迁使馆的承诺。

这一举动将违反美国的长期政策。美国长期认为,在和谈决定耶路撒冷城市地位之前,耶路撒冷应当保持中立地位。如果美国迁馆,有可能引发巴勒斯坦人的暴力活动。巴勒斯坦人认为,这威胁着他们把耶路撒冷部分地段作为未来巴勒斯坦国首都的希望。

但是,川普行政当局还有几天就要面临一个最后期限,必须决定是否迁移使馆。彭斯的这番话示意,川普政府可能更接近于满足以色列方面的意愿。

彭斯说:“过去20年来,国会和历届政府都表示愿意迁移我国使馆,就在我们讲话之际,川普总统正在积极考虑何时以及如何把美国驻以色列使馆从特拉维夫迁移到耶路撒冷。”

彭斯副总统下个月前往以色列访问。他提到,他将在以色列议会发表演说,并访问犹太大屠杀纪念馆。

Pence: Trump 'Actively Considering' Relocating US Embassy to Jerusalem

U.S. President Donald Trump is “actively considering” ways to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday.

Pence’s comments were received with great enthusiasm at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations vote that led to the creation of the State of Israel.

As a presidential candidate, Trump had repeatedly promised to move the embassy, a decision that would be welcomed by Israel but fiercely opposed by the Palestinians.

In June, Trump backed off the pledge as his Mideast envoy sought to reinvigorate peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The White House said at the time that the president was only delaying — not abandoning — his campaign pledge to relocate the embassy.

The move would violate a longstanding U.S. policy, which maintains that Jerusalem should remain on neutral ground until the city’s status is determined during peace talks. Such a move is likely to ignite violence as Palestinians would view it as a threat to their hopes of having a part of Jerusalem as their future capital.

But, the Trump administration is facing a deadline within days on whether to move the embassy, and Pence's comments suggest the administration may be closer to agreeing to a key Israeli wish.

“While, for the past 20 years, Congress and successive administrations have expressed a willingness to move our embassy, as we speak, President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Pence said.

The vice president is traveling to Israel next month and noted that he would deliver an address at the Knesset and visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial during his visit.