British Prime Minister Liz Truss and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Labit held a bilateral meeting at the 77th UN General Assembly in New York. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters Pool via AP/dpa
Truss briefed Israeli Prime Minister Jair Lapid on the UN General Assembly’s review of the margins in New York, a spokesman said Thursday night. Lapid thanked the new prime minister on Twitter for considering the embassy move. Truss is a true friend of Israel. “Together we will strengthen the alliance between Britain and Israel,” wrote Lapid.
The relocation of embassies to Jerusalem was controversial. According to the majority of the international community, the status of Jerusalem should be decided in future peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their own Palestinian state.
In a historic solo move, then-US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017. In May 2018, the United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Both of these actions were heavily criticized internationally and above all by the Palestinians. Honduras, Guatemala and Kosovo now have their embassies in Jerusalem.
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