Rishi Sunak abandons Liz Truss’s plan to relocate the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem

Rishi Sunak succeeded Liz Truss as Prime Minister (PA Wire)

Rishi Sunak has abandoned his predecessor Liz Truss’s plan to relocate the Israeli embassy of the United Kingdom to Jerusalem.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “There are no plans to move the British Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv.

“Under the previous administration, it has been scrutinized but I can confirm that there are no plans.”

In mid-September, during her tumultuous 50 days as a PM, Ms. Truss told her Israeli counterpart that she was investigating the location of the British embassy in Israel.

At the time, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid tweeted that he was grateful to her for considering moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

The British Embassy in Israel is located in Tel Aviv, where most other countries have their own embassies.

The two leaders met at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The White House confirmed last year that President Joe Biden intended to keep the US Embassy in Israel in Jerusalem, where it had been relocated during the Donald Trump administration.

Meanwhile, a near-final vote count Thursday showed former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on track to re-election with a clear parliamentary majority backed by ultranationalists who want tougher crackdowns on Palestinians.

Tuesday’s runoff saw out the centrist incumbent, Yair Lapid, and his rare alliance of conservatives, liberals and Arab politicians who, in over 18 months in power, had made diplomatic inroads with Turkey and Lebanon and kept the economy in place. ferment.

But with the conflict with the Palestinians worsening and causing Jewish-Arab tensions within Israel, Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud and related parties have taken 65 of the Knesset’s 120 seats, according to a vote tally ending Thursday.

“The time has come to impose order here. The time has come for a landlord, “tweeted Itamar Ben-Gvir of the far-right Religious Zionism party, Likud’s likely senior partner in the next government.

Ben-Gvir was responding to the latest violence, in which police said a Palestinian stabbed an officer in Jerusalem’s Old City and was shot and killed. Previously, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in a confrontation in the occupied West Bank.

In London, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “At this stage it would be inappropriate to comment further in view of the formation of the next government of Israel.

“We call on all Israeli parties to refrain from provocative language and to show tolerance and respect for minority groups.”

A West Bank settler and former member of Kach, a Jewish militant group on the Israeli and US terrorist checklist, Ben-Gvir wants to become minister of police.

However, with Netanyahu still unofficially confirmed as prime minister, it is still unclear what position he might hold in a future government.

Although Netanyahu has vowed to serve all citizens, his rise has sparked concern among 21% of the Arab minority and center-left Jews, and particularly among Palestinians whose US-sponsored statehood talks with Israel are broken in. 2014.

While Washington has publicly reserved judgment pending the formation of the new Israeli coalition, a State Department spokesperson on Wednesday stressed the countries’ “shared values”.

“We hope that all Israeli government officials continue to share the values ​​of an open and democratic society, including tolerance and respect for everyone in civil society, especially minority groups,” a spokesperson said.

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