US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech before the Israeli Knesset that sparked outrage and resulted in many Arab MP’s being forced out of the session by security، Palestine chronicle website reported.
The speech، which was rife with biblical references، stressed the “divine inception” of the Israeli state. Quoting Old Testament text، the US vice president said that God promised Israel that its descendants would be ‘as numerous as the stars in the sky.’
The speech sparked outrage among Arab MPs who held up placards that said، “Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine”. The Arab lawmakers were immediately accosted and dragged out of the hall as their fellow lawmakers clapped and jeered.
Footage shows the moment the lawmakers from the Arab Joint List، the country’s third-largest party، stood up to protest the speech. Security guards immediately got involved، resulting in a scuffle between them and the politicians. The lawmakers were ultimately ejected from the building.
It comes less than two months after US President Donald Trump formally acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel، a move which was hailed by the Israelis but criticized by other countries across the globe.
Pence told Israeli Prime Minister، Benjamin Netanyahu that the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem in 2019، a move that has sparked international outrage and condemnation of the US declaration of Jerusalem being the capital of Israel. The UN responded to the US move with a statement that declared the US actions have “no legal effect، are null and void and must be rescinded “.