The Israeli ambassador to the U.S. on Tuesday threw his support behind moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to multiple reports.
Ron Dermer, Israel’s top envoy to the U.S., made the remarks during a Hanukkah party at his country’s embassy in Washington, D.C.
"The reasons why the United States should move the embassy I think are pretty clear," Dermer said, according to Politico.
"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."
The move has also been endorsed by President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE and his nominee for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.
“I intend to work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem,” Friedman said in a statement when he was picked last week.
While the move to Jerusalem is popular among conservatives and Israel hawks, critics say that it would severely inflame tensions with the Palestinians, who also consider it their capital city.