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Netanyahu sees ‘many’ nations following US move on Jerusalem

  • Published at 03:03 PM December 07, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:42 PM December 07, 2017
Netanyahu sees ‘many’ nations following US move on Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Jerusalem December 6, 2017 Reuters

The United States plans to open an embassy in Jerusalem, a move it says could take three to four years

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday many countries would follow the United States in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and contacts were underway.

Wednesday’s announcement by US President Donald Trump reversed decades of peace-making policy on Jerusalem, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim, and drew censure from many countries, among them key allies of Washington.

“I would like to announce that we are already in contact with other countries which will issue a similar recognition,” Netanyahu said in a speech at Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

He did not name any of these countries.

The United States plans to open an embassy in Jerusalem, a move it says could take three to four years. The US Embassy is currently in Tel Aviv, Israel’s economic hub, as are those of other countries.

“I have no doubt that the moment the American Embassy moves to Jerusalem, and even before then, there will be a movement of many embassies to Jerusalem. The time has come,” Netanyahu said.

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called on Thursday for a new uprising against Israel after Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Israeli troops reinforce West Bank after US move over Jerusalem

The Israeli military said it was reinforcing troops deployed in the occupied West Bank on Thursday as Palestinians protested against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Several new army battalions would be deployed and other forces put on standby, a military statement said, calling the measures “part of the IDF’s (Israel Defence Forces) readiness for possible developments.”

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