During the 2016 election, President-elect Donald Trump promised that he would move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
On Wednesday, CNN reported that Ron Dermer, the Israeli envoy to Washington, said moving the embassy would be a “great step forward to peace.”
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said of the move: “That’s great. That’s an opportunity to actually pursue some new ideas, which I intend to raise with Donald Trump when he’s in the White House, to see how we can solve this conflict.”
CNN also reported that Palestinians would not view the move favorably, claiming it would be a violation of international law.
A 1995 law does say the U.S. has to move the embassy to Jerusalem. Presidents since then have waived that requirement every six months, citing national security concerns.
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