PM: Embassy move will help peace by ‘shattering Palestinian fantasy’


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on May 14, 2017. (AFP Photo/Pool/Abir Sultan)
Netanyahu claims relocation to Jerusalem would ‘correct historical wrong’ after Tillerson says US weighing whether move would advance peace process

By Times of Israel staff and AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem would boost peace efforts by impressing on the Palestinians the city is the capital of the Jewish state.

After US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said earlier Sunday that the Trump administration was evaluating whether relocating the US mission to Jerusalem would help or harm the peace process, Netanyahu released a statement arguing the move would advance peace efforts.

“Israel’s position has been stated many times to the US government and to the world,” Netanyahu said. “Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem will not only not harm the peace process, it will advance it by correcting a historical wrong and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel.”

On Thursday, Netanyahu said that all foreign embassies in Israel should be located in Jerusalem, chief among them the American embassy.

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