The Vice President was greeted in a rained down rain before giving a speech punctuated by applause
The US Vice President visited the Knesset on Monday to address Israeli MPs. Accompanied by his wife Karen, the vice president signed the Golden Book of the Israeli parliament.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein opened the session and welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Jerusalem, "the eternal capital of the Jewish people".
He thanked the Trump administration for the 6 December declaration on the status of Jerusalem.
Edelstein said this measure comes to fulfill Bible prophecy and that "more than any other country in the world, the United States is a loyal partner in a historic project."
"I know that in the spare time you have, you read the Prophets, and now you see that they come true. The City of David is rebuilt, and we are the guardians of our walls again, "he said.
"You said that it is not coincidence, we are bound by our values and aspirations, based on our core beliefs in freedom, biblical tradition and peace. "
He blasted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who slandered Trump for the measure, and said he would not tolerate negative statements of this kind in Israel.
"It's a mistake to think that reproducing the mistakes of the past will yield better results," he said, thanking Trump.
Edelstein said two lies about the peace process are prevalent.
The first, he said, is the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the cornerstone of the situation in the Middle East, not the Iranian regime. The second is the idea that the weak are right and the strong are wrong.
Edelstein explained that these two "lies" are being overthrown by the Trump administration.
"The era of lies will give way to the era of truth. We have learned that peace will not fall from the sky. She must push [on earth]. "
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then spoke in English to welcome his "dear friend" Mike Pence to Israel.
Netanyahu said that Pence was the first US Vice President to speak in the Knesset, and that was no wonder, given his support for Israel throughout his career.
"No wonder you're the first US Vice President to speak in front of the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem," he said. "No wonder, because no US vice president has had your commitment to Israel and its people. "
"When you were in Congress, you supported Israel unequivocally. When you were governor, you signed the toughest law against BDS in the United States. And as Vice President, you have, hand in hand with President Trump, strengthened the alliance between the United States and Israel. "
"You, Vice President Pence, are standing by President Trump, and have supported the decision with faith," he added. "It is truly an honor to give you the floor in the Knesset today. "
Delivering the final part of his speech in Hebrew on Monday, Netanyahu explained that the US's "historical" recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will remain one of the most formative declarations of Israel. Jewish history alongside the Balfour Declaration of 27 November, the 1947 Partition Plan and US President Truman's recognition of Israel a year later.
He also mentioned the Cyprus declaration which, according to the biblical account, had facilitated the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon and the construction of the Second Temple.
"Here in the Knesset", unlike the rest of the Middle East, people are free to express their opinion, "said Netanyahu.
"There are many disagreements, but I can say that, with regard to the recognition of Jerusalem, our capital, I think I speak for each of us, the opposition and the coalition, when I express my deepest thanks for a historic decision that will never be forgotten ".
Netanyahu then praised the "shared values" between the United States and Israel, including the work done to build "free and productive" societies.
Returning briefly to English, Netanyahu recalled that there are many American municipalities called Jerusalem.
"Jerusalem, Utah. Jerusalem, Vermont. Jerusalem, Michigan. And they are all inspired by this shining city on the hill, Jerusalem, "he said.
"Mr. the vice president, we have a common past, we have a common future, we have a shared destiny ".
"On behalf of the people of Israel, I want to thank you and UN ambassador Nikki Haley for your continued support of the United Nations. In the face of lies, you stand beside Israel. Thank you ! "
Netanyahu explained that Israel "aspires for peace with all our neighbors. Peace begins with the recognition of Israel's right to independence in its home here in Israel. "
"The connection between us is deep because it is deeply rooted in the hearts of our people," added Netanyahu. "America has no friend more than Israel and Israel has no friend greater than America."
"Finally, Mr. Vice-President, let me not only express our deep gratitude, but also our deepest hope that President Trump and you will be able to strengthen the United States so that it remains the most great world power for generations to come. A strong America means a stronger Israel.
"Mr. the vice president, God bless you, you and your family. God bless America, and God bless Israel. "
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog then spoke in the chamber and welcomed the vice president as a "friend of the Jewish people and friend of Israel".
He thanked him for "the moral clarity and courageous actions" of the Trump administration.
"Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem is commendable and exciting and we thank him for keeping his promise," Herzog said.
Hezoig explained that Jerusalem is the "sacred capital" of the Jewish people and added that "we sacrificed the best of our sons to liberate our city. And for decades, we have been waiting for the recognition of Israel as our capital. "
The opposition leader then said it was imperative to restart peace talks with the Palestinians as part of the two-state solution.
"In his announcement, President Trump said he would not determine the border that would be decided in an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Unfortunately, an agreement like this does not seem to be on the horizon.
"Losing hope is dangerous. History teaches that the loss of hope, despair, stagnation, create a swamp that threatens to drown our two nations.
"That's why many of us understand the urgency and need to separate ourselves from Palestinians," he said.
The elected members of the United Arab List were escorted to the exit, before Pence spoke. Security guards were ordered to remove them as they waved signs protesting the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The US Vice President was called to the rostrum and began a speech that was punctuated with applause and standing ovations.
He paid tribute to US President Donald Trump, who, he said, did more than any other US president to bring the United States closer to the Jewish state.
"Thanks to the leadership of the President, the alliance between our two countries has never been stronger," said Pence with thunderous applause.
I am here to convey a simple message from the heart of the American people: The American people are with Israel ".
"We stand with Israel because your cause is our cause, because your values are our values ... We stand by Israel because we believe in good in the face of evil, freedom in the face of tyranny".
"The second president of US history, John Adams, said that Jews had done more to civilize man than any other civilization," added Pence. "Through the generations, Americans have become the fierce advocates of the Jewish aspiration to return to the land of his ancestors."
"We are with Israel because we believe in good in the face of evil, freedom from tyranny. "
Pence told members of the Knesset that when he visits Yad Vashem tomorrow with his wife, they will "marvel at the faith and resilience" of the Jewish people, who have recovered three years after the Holocaust to establish the State of Israel.
Then Pence recited the prayer shehekhiyanu In Hebrew, which earned him a standing ovation of the deputies.
He said he was proud that the United States was the first country to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. "Last month, President Trump wrote History. He corrected a 70-year-old injustice, he kept his promise to the American people by announcing that the United States finally recognized that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, "he said.
US Vice President Mike Pence assured Monday in front of the Israeli parliament that the US embassy in Israel would open in Jerusalem before the end of 2019, following President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the Holy City as the capital of Israel.
"Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and, as such, President Trump has instructed the State Department to immediately begin preparations to relocate the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (... "The US embassy will open before the end of next year" in Jerusalem, he said with thunderous applause.
Pence recalled that Trump had asked all parties to maintain the status quo on the holy sites of the city and that the president had specified that his statement did not prejudge final boundaries within the municipality.
"We know that Israelis want peace and that Israelis do not need to learn anything about the price of war. The people of Israel know him too well, "added Pence. "Your Prime Minister knows this price, he himself was almost killed on the battlefield. "
"And you who know what the price of war knows better than anyone what the blessings of peace can bring," he said.
The US "strongly urges" Palestinian leaders to return to the negotiating table, Pence also said in response to the Palestinian leadership's decision to freeze contacts with US officials after Trump's announcement on Jerusalem. "Peace can only come through dialogue," he said.
"The United States will not compromise the security of the State of Israel," he added, adding that any peace agreement with the Palestinians "must guarantee Israel's ability to defend itself through its own means ".
"Some people think that the world can not change ... dear friends, President Trump does not believe it, I do not believe it, and you do not believe it either. I stand today in a city whose name means 'peace'. "
He said he discussed "the remarkable transformation currently taking place in the Middle East" with the Egyptian and Iranian heads of state during the weekend.
The descendants of Isaac and Ismail are coming together as they are never together, he said, referring to the quiet cooperation between Israel and the Sunni Arab countries.
The vice president said that "radical Islamist terrorism knows no boundaries, respects no religion, and takes away the lives of Jews, Christians, but especially Muslims."
"As I speak, ISIS is on the run," he said, assuring that the US would "hunt down and destroy the Islamic State to its source."
Pence said the United States has pledged more than $ 110 million to help Christians in the Middle East, and called on Israel and others to work together to restore "diversity" to the region.
He added that the United States will continue to work with Israel to "confront Iran, the country that sponsors terrorism," which "sows chaos in the region."
He accused Iran of "supporting terrorist groups at the gates of Israel".
US Vice President Mike Pence assured that the United States will "never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon".
Mr. Pence said that the agreement reached in 2015 under the Obama administration between the great powers (United States, China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom) and Iran on the nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic was a "disaster" and that the United States would "immediately" disengage from this pact if it were not amended.
Pence said the form signed by President Trump was meant to save Congress time and "our European allies" to toughen sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
" This is the last time. Unless the Iranian nuclear deal is revised, President Trump was clear that the US would pull out, "Pence said in a thunderous round of applause.
"We will no longer tolerate Iran's support for terrorism. "
For Pence, US-Iran relations will flourish only after the fall of the regime. Speaking to the Iranian people, Pence said he had "good news" for them.
In a message to the Iranian people, he added: "We are your friends and the day is coming from the evil regime that suffocates your dreams and buries your hopes."
"From the American people to the proud and great Iranian people: we are your friends. The day will come when you will be released from this diabolical regime that stifles your dreams and buries your hopes. "
Only then, he said, "the friendship between our peoples will flourish again."
He declared that there is "a common hope for a future of security, prosperity and peace, and in the ancestral faith that crosses our lands".
"Today, while I am in the promised land of Abraham, I believe that all those who cherish freedom and want a better future" should turn to Israel and "marvel at what they see".
"It is the faith that rebuilt the ruins of Jerusalem and made it strong again," he said, adding that the United States is proud to be side by side with the Jewish state. "And we will pray for the peace of Jerusalem."
"We will work and strive to have a better future where all who call this ancient land their home, 'can sit under their vineyard and their fig tree', and no one will frighten them," concluded Pence, quoting a biblical verse.
US Vice President Mike Pence concluded his statement and left the Knesset Chamber with an ovation from Israeli MPs.
AFP and the Times of Israel team contributed to this article.