Netanyahu: At Least Six Countries ‘Seriously Talking’ about Moving Embassies to Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem on May 8, 2012. Netanyahu struck a surprise deal with the opposition Kadima party to form a national unity government, axing plans for a snap election. …
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The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday at least six countries were in talks with Israel to move their embassies to Jerusalem. He implored countries to follow the United States and Guatemala in making the move, saying it would advance peace efforts, and promised “preferential treatment” to the first ten embassies relocated to Israel’s capital.

“We’re happy about [US] President [Donald] Trump’s decision to move the embassy here. It says a simple thing: Peace must be based on truth,” Netanyahu told foreign diplomats at an Independence Day event at President Reuven Rivlin’s official residence.

“Recognizing reality is the way to build peace. You cannot build peace on the basis of lies because it crashes against the rocks of reality,” he added. “The fact that Israel has a capital city, that the Jewish people has had a capital city for 3,000 years named Jerusalem, is undeniable. It is time to acknowledge that fact.

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