Jerusalem, May 15: United States President Donald Trump to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as he had promised during his campaign. The Israel dismissed the concern saying that the contentious issue would advance the peace process with the Palestinians, not harm it.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced on the National Broadcasting Company that Trump was still seeking to assess whether relocating the embassy would help or harm chances for Israeli-Palestinian peace. He said, “The President is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process”.
"I think it'll be informed, again, by the parties that are involved in those talks and most certainly Israel's view on whether Israel views it as being helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps a distraction”, Rex added.
Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu took a rapid move after the Secretary Tillerson’s comments about Israel's stance on the issue.
According to Netanyahu, moving the embassy to Jerusalem would not harm the peace process and on the contrary, would advance it by correcting a historic injustice and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy according to which Jerusalem isn't the capital of Israel.
The official statement released by the Israel Prime Minister office, Israel's position has been stated many times to the American administration and to the world.
This is the first public disagreement between Netanyahu's government and the Trump administration. This comment was released just a week before Trump is expected to make his first official visit to Israel, on his first overseas trip since becoming President.
The Palestinian leadership fiercely opposes the move of the embassy since Trump had not taken any decision regards that and the international community has warned that it could spark unrest.