Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu sees 'many' nations following US move on Jerusalem

Without naming any of them, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said they are in contact with other countries which will follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Without naming any of them, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said they are in contact with other countries which will follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday (Dec 7) many countries would follow the United States in recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and contacts were underway.

Wednesday's announcement by US President Donald Trump reversed decades of peace-making policy on Jerusalem, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim, and drew censure from many countries, among them key allies of Washington.

"I would like to announce that we are already in contact with other countries which will issue a similar recognition," Mr Netanyahu said in a speech at Israel's Foreign Ministry.

He did not name any of these countries.

The US plans to open an embassy in Jerusalem, a move it says could take three to four years. The US Embassy is currently in Tel Aviv, Israel's economic hub, as are those of other countries.

"I have no doubt that the moment the American Embassy moves to Jerusalem, and even before then, there will be a movement of many embassies to Jerusalem. The time has come," Mr Netanyahu said.

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called on Thursday for a new uprising against Israel after Mr Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.