Paul Calvert reports on US Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel.

Vice President Mike Pence and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Vice President Mike Pence and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Earlier this week Vice President Mike Pence flew into Israel. He was met by the Minister of Tourism, Yariv Gideon Levin.

Monday morning I had to get up early to go to the Prime Minister's office to see the welcoming ceremony. This was my first time in the Prime Minister's office.

His office is near the Knesset, which is the Israeli Parliament and security is always very tight. There were lots of journalists coming in with their equipment and security had to process us all, as we waited in anticipation of getting the perfect picture.

Finally I got through security and a cup of coffee was a welcome sight.

From a little room we were led into a marquee; saying we were at the Prime Minister's office feels a little dishonest as the whole event was actually in a marquee.

The red carpet was in place and the journalists were allocated their position. We had a long time to wait before the special event started.

The armed forces came in and practiced their routine. There were representatives for the navy, army, military police and air force. A brass band was also there.

Then the moment arrived. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered and walked to the other end of the marquee. And then Vice President Pence came in.

Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

I expected them both to walk in together, so I was surprised when a presidential car drove into the marquee. The Vice President was welcomed by the Prime Minister and the national anthems were played. Firstly the American Star Spangled Banner then the Israeli Hatikva.

Afterwards they both walked down the red carpet and inspected the armed forces. Mr Pence was welcomed by a member of the armed forces and the event concluded.

Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following remarks on the Vice President's visit:

"Mr Vice President, I've had the privilege over the years of standing here with hundreds of world leaders and welcome them, all of them to Israel's capital, Jerusalem.

This is the first time that I'm standing when both leaders can say those three words, "Israel's capital, Jerusalem."

I want to thank President Trump and you for that historic statement, which I know you supported and championed.

I look forward to discussing with you, as we've just begun, how to further strengthen our remarkable alliance-it's never been stronger-and how to advance peace and security in our region, which is our common aim.

And I welcome you, dear friend, to Jerusalem. Welcome."

Vice President Mike Pence did not visit the Palestinian Authority. Palestinians were hoping that East Jerusalem would be the capital of a Palestinian State, and they are angry that President Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Ali, a Palestinian in Bethlehem, gave me a Palestinian point of view on Donald Trump's decision to move the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Ali: It's a very bad feeling. All the people here in Palestine feel bad about it. It's like someone is going to take your country from you, so you can't describe it with words. It's like someone is taking your own rights.