Israel’s ambassador to the United States last night forcefully endorsed moving America’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim, saying that the diplomatic move would boost the chances of peace in the region, POLITICO reports.
Ron Dermer, Israel’s top diplomat in the United States, made the statement at an Israeli embassy Chanukah party in Washington. Dermer told the crowd gathered in Israel’s embassy in upper Northwest Washington that Israel puts its embassies in countries’ capitals and joked that he has said he would move Israel’s embassy to New York if the U.S. didn’t move its diplomatic headquarters to Yerushalayim. He called moving the embassy to Yerushalayim a “great step forward to peace.”
“The reasons why the United States should move the embassy I think are pretty clear,” Dermer said to the crowd gathered at the embassy, which included this reporter. “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.”