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Netanyahu in Talks With Other Nations to Relocate Embassies

Netanyahu in Talks With Other Nations to Relocate Embassies
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 22 December 2017 12:39 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted Friday he is speaking with several nations about relocating their embassies to Jerusalem, a move the United States made earlier this month.

Netanyahu told CNN,"We're now talking to several countries who are seriously considering saying exactly the same thing as the United States and moving their embassies to Jerusalem."

Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, rather than Tel Aviv, sparked a firestorm of controversy because Israelis and Palestinians both recognize Jerusalem as their capital. Netanyahu said Trump's move, however, acknowledges "a historical truth."

Israel's government is located in Jerusalem, and the nation has called the holy city its capital since 1,000 B.C.

Regarding the ongoing holy war between Israel and Palestine, Netanyahu told CNN his nation is committed to keeping Jerusalem "a united, safe and secure city, freedom of worship for all faiths which we guarantee and, by the way, in the Middle East, we're just about the only ones that guarantee this freedom of worship for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike."

The United Nations voted Thursday to formally condemn America's decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in a 128-9 decision. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called the vote a "day in which [the United States] was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted Friday he is speaking with several nations about relocating their embassies to Jerusalem, a move the United States made earlier this month.
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