Only a few days after US President Donald Trump came into office, the White House published an official statement regarding the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

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The White House announced that the US government began discussions on the issue of transferring the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is the first time that Donald Trump has related to the issue since he was sworn in as US President. Later in the evening, Netanyahu and Trump are expected to talk about political issues.

White House Spokesman Sean Spicer stated that the US is in the initial stages of the discussion. Shortly after that, Israel welcomed the decision. “I welcome Trump’s government fulfilling his electoral promise to transfer the US Embassy to Jerusalem,” Minister Ze’ev Elkin stated. “A united Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel according to Israeli law and the US Congress recognizes this in special legislation. The time has come to realize this and to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem.”

Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat added: “Trump has proven that he is a true friend of the State of Israel who keeps his electoral promises. The announcement tonight sends a clear message to the entire world that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. We stand by the American authorities with all of the needed assistance in order to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem as quickly and smoothly as possible.”