"I've had the privilege over the years of standing here with hundreds of world leaders and welcoming them, all of them to Israel's capital, Jerusalem", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a welcoming ceremony for US Vice President Mike Pence at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem Monday.
Proclaiming Jerusalem the true capital of the state of Israel, Vice President announced that the USA intends to open a new embassy in the city before the end of 2019.
The administration previously said that it would take a couple of years at least to find a site for a new embassy in Jerusalem, obtain the proper paperwork, build and secure the facility, and move staff.
The brief exchange was part of an incredibly warm welcome for Pence in Israel, which has praised the American decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The European Union called for wise and consistent decision-making in the Middle East in an apparent rebuke to the United States as the bloc reasserted its support for East Jerusalem as a future capital of a Palestinian state.
Dozens of Palestinians on Sunday evening burned photos of United States vice president, Mike Pence, ahead of his arrival to meet with Netanyahu and the Israeli president on Tuesday.
Jordanian king meets with Mike Pence in Amman, in a visit that comes after United States named Jerusalem as Israeli capital.
President George W. Bush was the last USA leader to address Israel's legislature.
The embassy move has so incensed the Palestinians that they say the US can no longer be a fair arbiter of any peace process with the Israelis.
He told the Vice-President that Mr Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem would go down as one of the most historic in Israel's history, and lauded the unbreakable alliance between the countries, saying they had a "shared destiny".
The US vice-president's tour was boycotted by Palestinian officials, while Jordan King Abdullah bin al-Hussein voiced strong opposition to the move during a meeting with Pence.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, an Abbas adviser, reiterated that the United States "is no longer acceptable as a mediator" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Before arriving in Israel, Pence met with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan and urged them to encourage Palestinian leadership to return to peace negotiations, according to officials who were traveling with Pence. "Whoever is not ready to talk with the Americans about peace - does not want peace", he said at a meeting of ambassadors in Jerusalem.