Netanyahu Contradicts Fox News Claim He Cautioned Against Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem


The Jerusalem Post reports: In a rare move, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released information he shared privately with the White House to disprove a Fox News correspondent’s claim that Israel opposes relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to in DC that has been briefed on the Jerusalem embassy move says Netanyahu told Trump not to move embassy at this time,” Fox News foreign correspondent Connor Powell wrote on Twitter. Netanyahu’s office issued a sharp retort: “The claims posted by a Fox News correspondent are false.”

Powell’s tweet followed an intense debate in Israel ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit next week regarding Israel’s position on the matter. In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also seemed to indicate that Israel had hesitations about the move because of its impact on the possible beginnings of a peace process to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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