US to move embassy to Jerusalem by year’s end, Netanyahu says

Source: CNN


A general view of the city of Jerusalem shows the Dome of the Rock mosque (C) on December 4, 2017. Palestinian leaders were seeking to rally diplomatic support to persuade US President Donald Trump not to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after suggestions that he planned to do so. East Jerusalem was under Jordanian control from Israel’s creation in 1948 until Israeli forces captured it during the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel later annexed it in a move not recognised by the international community. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Jerusalem (CNN)The United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of the year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.

That would be much quicker than expected, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying last month it was “not something that is going to happen this year, probably not next year.”
Netanyahu made the comments while on an official state visit to India, his office told CNN.
However, President Donald Trump denied that the planned relocation of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year on Wednesday in an interview with Reuters.
Asked about Netanyahu’s comments, Trump said, “By the end of the year? We’re talking about different scenarios — I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We’re not really looking at that. That’s no.”

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