Netanyahu: ‘Relocating the embassy would not harm the peace process’

In a meeting today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his support for the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem following US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s interview with NBC.
Netanyahu Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated during the opening of the Likud party meeting today (Monday) following US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s interview with NBC: “Relocating the embassy would not harm the peace process. On the contrary, it would advance peace.”

Tillerson stated that US President Donald Trump’s decision will be made after receiving feedback from all sides, including “whether Israel views it as helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps a distraction.”

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Still considering US embassy transfer to Jerusalem Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

According to Netanyahu, such a move will correct “a historical injustice” and shatter “the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem isn't the capital of Israel.” Netanyahu added: “This is my position. It is clear. It hasn’t and it will not change and I’m happy to hear that other parties are also adopting the Likud party’s position.”

Tillerson’s statement was met with anger from Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi Party Chairman Naftali Bennett. “I call on the Prime Minister to clarify that we expect the US government to transfer their embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty,” Bennett tweeted. “The transfer of the US embassy to the capital of Israel reinforces Israel and strengthens the chances for true peace because any agreement based on the division of Jerusalem is bound to fail.”

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