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British Prime Minister Liz Truss and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid hold a bilateral meeting as they attend the 77th U.N. General Assembly, in New York, U.S., September 21, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool Photo: Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE
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Truss reviews location of British embassy in Israel

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British Prime Minister Liz Truss has told her Israeli counterpart she is reviewing the location of Britain's embassy in Israel, her office said on Thursday.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid tweeted earlier on Thursday that he was grateful to her for considering moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

The British embassy in Israel is located in Tel Aviv where most other countries have their embassies.

The two leaders met at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

"The Prime Minister informed Prime Minister Lapid about her review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel," a spokesperson for the British leader's Downing Street office said in a statement.

The statement offered no further details.

Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian mission in London, told Times Radio he was shocked at Truss's review, and said any move to relocate the British embassy would "destroy" the relationship with the British government.

The United States opened an embassy in Jerusalem in 2018 under former President Donald Trump, breaking with decades of U.S. policy by recognizing the city as Israel's capital.

The move was welcomed by Israel and criticized by the Arab world and Western allies.

At the time, Britain under former Prime Minister Theresa May had no plans to move its embassy and disagreed with the U.S. move.

Israel's government regards Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of the country, although that is not recognized internationally. Palestinians say East Jerusalem must be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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Face the facts - Israel has been occupying the West Bank for way too long, treating Palestinians as trash. As long as this policy is allowed to continue, nothing gets accomplished. And moving an embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem only implies that you accept that nonsense and illegal occupation.

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I don't know why conservative clowns want to prove, this "wannabe Thatcher" is going to be more ridiculous than Boris clown..

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid tweeted earlier on Thursday that he was grateful to her for considering moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

Truss has my vote!

Great move. Get that embassy where it rightfully belongs.

Anyone who rejects the notion that Jerusalem belongs to Israel accepts and supports terrorism.

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Anyone who rejects the notion that Jerusalem belongs to Israel accepts and supports terrorism

To Hell with this moronic 'with us or against us' nonsense. Doesn't solve anything.

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Move it, Liz!

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We should not be wasting money when so many are struggling to pay their bills. Food or heat. Many are taking cold baths to save on the gas. Leave where it is.

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