Britain has no plans to move its Israel
embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and still disagrees with the U.S.
decision to do so, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on
the announcement was first made that we disagree with the U.S. decision
to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli
capital before a final status agreement.
Israeli gunfire killed two Palestinians and wounded at least 35 other
protesters along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said.
consular building in the Arnona neighborhood. It will house an interim
embassy for the ambassador and a small staff until a larger site is
1949 Armistice Line that separated West Jerusalem from No Man’s Land,
which Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War and has held under
occupation ever since.
move follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision last December to
break with decades of U.S. policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital
Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the decision, saying it reflected that “the
Jewish people have had a capital for 3,000 years, and that it is called
Arab world and Western allies. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
called it a “slap in the face” and said the U.S. can no longer be
regarded as an honest broker in any peace talks with Israel.
said his administration has a peace proposal in the works and that by
recognising Jerusalem as the capital of America’s closest ally he had
“taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table.”
has long been pressure from pro-Israel politicians in Washington to
move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and Trump made it a
promise of his 2016 election campaign.
acted under a 1995 law that requires the U.S. to move its embassy to
Jerusalem. But Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama consistently