Truss's change with Israel - UK 'evaluating' Jerusalem embassy

Along Trump's footsteps. Spokesperson confirms after Lapid talks

22 September, 16:20

    (ANSAmed) - LONDON, 22 SET - The British conservative government under the new leadership of Liz Truss is evaluating the possibility of relocating the British embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move so far only carried out among major countries by the US following a decision taken by then-president Donald Trump and later not revoked by Joe Biden.

    The new premier spoke about it in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly during a meeting with her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid, as confirmed on Thursday by a spokesperson of Downing Street, stating that the "dislocation of the embassy is now under revision" by Truss.

    Media outlets noted how the diplomatic offices of key European and Western countries, apart from the US, are for the moment remaining in Tel Aviv since the UN and the international community have never recognized Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem, which has an Arab majority. The US embassy move, decided in 2018, was at the time criticized by the then Tory premier of Britain, Theresa May, and followed by violence in East Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories. It was only imitated over time by Honduras and Guatemala, as well as Kosovo, which in 2021 opened its first embassy in Israel. (ANSAmed).

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