With Donald Trump's visit to the Holy Land next week on the minds of those Americans who stand for Israel, so is the expected announcement of the U.S. embassy's move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While some reports say the move is now in doubt due to adverse concerns it may have on the peace process, Israel Hayom reports that PM Netanyahu has stated that the move would only increase the chance for peace:
Israel regards Jerusalem as its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all foreign countries to base their embassies there. The relocation is strongly opposed by many U.S. allies as the Palestinians also claim the city as their capital.
Tillerson said Trump's decision would depend greatly on how it is seen by governments in the region, including "whether Israel views it as being helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps a distraction."
His comments drew a quick response from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"Israel's position has been stated many times before to the American administration and the world," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.
"Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem will not harm the peace process; it will do the opposite. It will advance it by righting a historical wrong and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel..."