On the sidelines of the Israel Policy Forum in New York, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said he believes all countries need to move their embassies in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak says moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be “a great thing.”

This statement comes as US media sources are reporting that US President Donald Trump is planning to sign a waiver delaying the move, but will likely declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In response to a question on whether recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – something no US President has ever done – could risk peace efforts and inflame the Arab World, Barak told i24news he suspects that the Palestinians have already agreed to it “behind closed doors.”

“Probably it’s a kind of step taken by the administration to tell the Palestinians ‘don’t make it an issue that kind of (would) make or break a deal,” Barak said on the sidelines of the Israel Policy Forum in New York.

“I think it would be great news for us,” he added. “Jerusalem is our capital, I would like to see all the embassies of all countries, not just the United States, deployed there. I think it would be a great thing.”