Prime Minister’s Office denies rumors that Netanyahu opposes moving U.S. embassy

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Benjamin Netanyahu’s office responded to a tweet by a Fox News correspondent which asserted that the Israeli prime minister asked President Donald Trump not to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

“The claims posted by a Fox News correspondent are false,” read the statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, which then went on to quote from summaries by then-acting national security adviser Yaakov Nagel of Netanyahu’s meetings with Trump at the White House on February 17 in which he supported the move.

Fox News correspondent Conor Powell posted the statement on Monday morning, saying “Everyone I’ve spoken to in DC that has been briefed on #Jerusalem embassy move says #Netanyahu told #Trump not to move embassy at this time.”

Earlier on Monday, during a Likud Party meeting, Netanyahu again expressed his support for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“My consistent and unequivocal position is that the US Embassy should move to Jerusalem, as should other embassies,” Netanyahu said at the meeting.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump is weighing how moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv – a pledge he made during the his election campaign – would affect the peace process.

“The president, I think rightly, has taken a very deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all the interested parties in the region and understanding what such a move in the context of a peace initiative, what impact would such a move have,” Tillerson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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