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Israeli Defense Minister hopes other countries to move embassies to Jerusalem

Thursday, 13 July 2017

MOSCOW – Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman expressed hope on Wednesday that someday all other countries in the world will move their embassies to Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 mandated that the US mission would be relocated from Tel Aviv no later than 31 May 1999, but every president since Bill Clinton has signed a presidential waiver every six months to avoid moving the embassy. During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to move US embassy to Jerusalem, thus recognizing the occupied East Jerusalem as a part of Israel. However, on 1 June, Trump signed a waiver to keep the US diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv for at least 6 months instead of moving it to Jerusalem.

Israel declared Jerusalem its capital in 1949, but the United Nations recognizes East Jerusalem, including the Old City, as part of Palestine. Israel recaptured East Jerusalem in 1967, which is not recognized by a number of nations. Palestine seeks to establish East Jerusalem as its own independent state’s capital.

Source by: Internet

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