Responding to a comment by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US embassy move to Jerusalem will take up to a year, US President Donald Trump said that is not a realistic assessment.







The US embassy building in Tel Aviv

The US embassy building in Tel Aviv Photo credit: Wikipedia

US President Donald Trump has dismissed a comment by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US embassy move to Jerusalem is expected to be completed within a year.

Netanyahu said during a Wednesday press briefing in India that it is his “solid assessment” that the embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “much faster than you think – within a year from now.”

In a Reuters interview, Trump was asked about Netanyahu’s comment and said, “By the end of the year? We’re talking about different scenarios – I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We’re not really looking at that. That’s no.”

Trump added, though, that the new embassy building in Jerusalem will be “a beautiful embassy but not one that costs $1.2 billion,” referring to the new US embassy in London, which he has criticized as being too expensive.

Last month, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the relocation of the US embassy in Israel is “probably no earlier than three years out, and that’s pretty ambitious.”