Netanyahu Claims Embassy Move To Jerusalem Would 'Advance' Peace Process

Robyn Ryan
May 16, 2017

He has also met his German and Russian counterparts, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Vladimir Putin, and discussed the Palestine-Israel situation with them as well.

Benjamin Netanyahu's office responded to a tweet by a Fox News correspondent which asserted that the Israeli prime minister asked President Donald Trump not to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem.

On May 16, along with meeting with Modi, he will also visit President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and meet Vice President Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

"The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process", Tillerson told NBC's "Meet the Press".Netanyahu responded by saying that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would not harm the peace process, but would do the opposite.

The attacks have diminished over time and Israeli police say the most recent attacks have not been ideological by nature and have mostly been carried out by Palestinians plagued by personal or mental health issues.

"I've come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world, straight from the airport", he said.

Like most countries, the United States maintains its embassy in Tel Aviv because Israelis and Palestinians have competing claims to Jerusalem. "I prayed for the president, I wished him success especially on his upcoming trip".

That resolution condemned Israeli settlement activity and claimed areas of Jerusalem over the pre-1967 lines were not part of Israel, unless that was included final-status agreements on the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.

The source said that other likely stops could include the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Knesset (Parliament) and Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, as well as a possible visit to either Israel's northern or southern border.

Instead, Bennett called for Israel to push for "regional economic development based on entrepreneurship, the prevention of a second Palestinian state in addition to that in Gaza, the application of sovereignty over the Israeli territories in Judea and Samaria, stabilizing the Gaza Strip and strengthening the State of Israel as a security, intelligence and economic anchor in the region".

Tillerson said Sunday that Trump would seek further guidance on the embassy relocation to determine "whether Israel views it as helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps a distraction".

He is accompanied by a delegation that includes Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amr, Foreign Minister Riad Malki, Diplomatic Advisor Majdi Khaldi, Presidency Spokesperson Nabil Aburdeineh and Palestine's Chief Judge Mahmoud Habbash.

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