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Newsline: UK abandons plans to move British Embassy to Jerusalem

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has dropped his predecessor’s controversial plans to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by moving the British embassy to Jerusalem. The move would have followed the example set by former US President, Donald Trump. “There are no plans to move the British Embassy from Tel Aviv,” a Downing Street spokesman said. (https://muslimnews.co.uk/newspaper/home-news/sunak-abandons-plans-to-move-british-embassy-to-jerusalem/) The confirmation was made after Sunak replaced Liz Truss, who was MP for just 44 days before resigning. The Palestinian Mission in London immediately welcomed the clarification. “We would like to thank the UK government, opposition parties, faith leaders, activists, and members of the public whose efforts have helped keep the UK in line with international law on the matter,” said Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Husam Zomlot, said. The U-turn appeared to be a policy reversal by Sunak. In August he told the Conservative Friends of Israel that Jerusalem was Israel’s “undisputed capital”. And that there was a “very strong case” for relocating the UK embassy there. At a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York in September, Truss told her then-Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, that she was carrying out a “review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel.” Previously, she declared at a CFI meeting that she was a “huge Zionist” and “a huge supporter of Israel”. Truss was warned by politicians, religious leaders, other countries, as well as Palestinians, not to follow the example set by Trump.

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