Israeli Ambassador Praises Trump's Plan to Move Embassy

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Dec 21, 2016 2:00 PM
Israeli Ambassador Praises Trump's Plan to Move Embassy

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer endorsed President-elect Trump’s proposal to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"The reasons why the United States should move the embassy I think are pretty clear," Dermer told the crowd gathered at the embassy during a Hanukkah party Tuesday evening. "The first thing, it would send a strong message against the delegitimization of Israel and of Jerusalem. ... The second reason why I think the embassy should be moved to our capital is that it would be a great step forward to peace. That's right. A great step forward to peace." 

Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel also praised the president-elect’s plan to move the embassy, saying it will “strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region.”

“[I] look forward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem," he added.

Dermer said the move should’ve happened a long time ago.

But Palestinian officials are warning that doing so would mean the “destruction of the peace process as a whole.”