Israeli PM Netanyahu expects more countries to recognise Jerusalem as capital city
Dec 07, 2017 World 1 2207 By Sharon Ayomide
- Israeli PM Netanyahu expects more countries to recognise Jerusalem as capital city.
- U.S. President Donald Trump recently announced the U.S. would move its embassy to Jerusalem.
- Czech Republic also recognises Jerusalem as Capital of Israel.
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that he expects more countries to follow the footsteps of the United States of America who recently
announced their intention to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and also move their embassy to the controversial city.
Despite warnings from across the world, U.S. President Donald Trump has continued to expedite plans to go ahead with its intentions.
"I want to tell you that we are in touch with other countries that will make a similar recognition. And I have no doubt that the minute the US Embassy is moved to Jerusalem, and even beforehand, there will be a move of many embassies to Jerusalem. It is time," said Netanyahu, addressing foreign diplomats at the Israeli foreign ministry on Thursday.
He did not name any countries that had indicated they would make such a move.
On Wednesday, the Czech foreign ministry indicated that it recognised Jerusalem "to be in fact the capital of Israel", in a statement posted on its website.
"The Czech Republic currently, before the peace between Israel and Palestine is signed, recognises Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967," said the statement, adding that it considered Jerusalem to be the future capital of both Israel and Palestine in the future.
"The ministry can start considering moving of the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem only based on results of negotiations with key partners in the region and in the world."