Netanyahu Presses Trump on US Embassy Move

Israel (Tasnim) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for US President Donald Trump to make good on his campaign pledge to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Departing from a long-standing US position, Trump promised he would recognize al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocate the American mission there, a pledge that drew a fierce rebuke from Palestinian officials and concern from the European Union.

“The US embassy must move here to Jerusalem (al-Quds),” Netanyahu said after his weekly cabinet meeting.

“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and it would be good if the American embassy wasn’t the only one to move here… I think that with time the majority of embassies will move to Jerusalem,” he was quoted as saying by his office, AFP reported.

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The Palestinians regard east al-Quds as the capital of their future state.

The city’s status is one of the thorniest issues of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east al-Quds in 1967. It later annexed east al-Quds in a move never recognized by the international community.

This report prepared by Tasnim News Agency.