by: Itamar Eichner ~ Ynetnews
Thursday, 22 September 2022 | British Prime Minister Liz Truss said she was mulling a move of her embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, British daily Telegraph reported late on Wednesday.
Truss “understands the importance and sensitivity of the issue,” her office said, adding she hoped the move would be possible.
The new prime minister had already said she was considering the move even before she was appointed to replace Boris Johnson, and was considered a unique demonstration of support for Israel. No other British leader had made similar statements.
Officials in Jerusalem believe the close relations with the UK will continue and grow under the leadership of Truss.
“She is very fond of the values that Israel stands for,” the officials said. “She has been positive towards us and we expect her government to be the same,” they said even before she was named Johnson’s replacement.
Lapid congratulated Truss on her appointment [at the time]. “He expressed his confidence that under her leadership, Israeli–UK relations will reach new heights,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Truss and Lapid had met when both served as their countries’ foreign ministers and in a letter the British prime minister had sent to the lobby supporting Israel in her Conservative Party last November, she even described him as a close friend.
They co-wrote an editorial published in tandem in Ynet‘s sister publication Yedioth Ahronoth and in Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, where they promised to work day and night to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state.
She also said Britain would vote with Israel in the UN Human Rights Council and has been true to her word.
Thus far, four embassies have relocated to Jerusalem while the rest remain in Tel Aviv.
Then US President Donald Trump ordered the move of the US embassy to the [Israeli] capital in 2017.
Posted on September 22, 2022
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