Palestinian anger at possible UK Jerusalem embassy move

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By Yolande Knell
BBC News, Jerusalem

Liz Truss and Yair Lapid (21/09/22)Image source, PA Media

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Yair Lapid (r) thanked Liz Truss for "positively considering" the move

The Palestinians person called a connection by the UK to determination its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem arsenic a "blatant usurpation of planetary law".

UK PM Liz Truss is said to person told her Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, astir the reappraisal portion astatine the UN.

Such a determination would beryllium highly controversial. The opening of the US embassy successful Jerusalem successful 2018 was met with outrage crossed the Arab world.

Mr Lapid tweeted his acknowledgment to Ms Truss for "positively considering" it.

He described Ms Truss arsenic his "good friend", penning successful Hebrew aft the brace met connected the fringes of the UN General Assembly successful New York.

Downing Street has not fixed immoderate denotation of timing but has confirmed that a reappraisal is nether way.

British officials said they would not speculate connected the outcome, adding that Ms Truss was alert of the sensitivity and value of the determination of the British embassy successful Israel.

The presumption of Jerusalem is 1 of the thorniest issues successful the decades-old Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Israel sees the full metropolis arsenic its eternal, undivided superior portion Palestinians assertion the eastbound portion arsenic the superior of their hoped-for aboriginal state.

East Jerusalem, on with the West Bank and Gaza Strip, were captured by Israel from Jordan and Egypt successful the 1967 Middle East warfare and person since been viewed internationally arsenic occupied Palestinian territory.

On Twitter, the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, Husam Zomlot, wrote that it was "extremely unfortunate" that Ms Truss had utilized her archetypal quality astatine the UN arsenic premier curate to "commit to perchance breaking planetary law".

He said immoderate embassy determination would beryllium "a blatant violation" of "the UK's historical responsibilities", undermining the two-state solution of an autarkic Palestinian authorities alongside Israel to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

"Such committedness is immoral, amerciable and irresponsible!" helium said.

Up until now, the UK - similar astir different countries - has kept its embassy successful Tel Aviv, alternatively than successful bitterly contested Jerusalem, holding that it should lone determination to the beatified metropolis aft a last bid woody betwixt Israel and the Palestinians.

Britain has a consulate successful East Jerusalem.

Ms Truss reportedly raised the thought of relocating the embassy during the caller Conservative enactment campaign.

When US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem arsenic Israel's superior - fulfilling a run committedness - it brought planetary condemnation. It besides led to a flare-up successful unit successful which dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces.

At the time, the British PM, Theresa May, criticised the US action.

The lone countries to person since followed Mr Trump's illustration by moving their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem person been Honduras, Guatemala and Kosovo.

While US President Joe Biden has renewed Washington's committedness to a two-state solution, helium has not gone backmost connected the designation of Jerusalem arsenic Israel's capital.

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