MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) responded to President Trump’s decision Thursday to leave the US Embassy in Israel at its present location in Tel Aviv, saying the move had little impact on Israel, but boded ill for efforts to forge a lasting peace in the region.
Despite his disappointment with the decision, Glick nevertheless expressed appreciation for the president’s pledge to move the embassy, and said he was optimistic the move would ultimately be made.
"I believe it'll happen eventually,” said Glick. “I want to bless the fact that Trump... said he that did not change his mind, he's just looking for timing. He wants to move the embassy and that's a step in the right direction because transferring the embassy to Jerusalem will be a contribution to stability in the region."
Glick added that while he supported the move, it had little direct bearing on Israel or the Jewish people and their connection with the city.
"Jerusalem is the capital of the people of Israel and the State of Israel. It has been the capital of the people of Israel for 3,000 years. Every single Jewish couple that has gotten married swear to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the heart - three times a day in our prayer. Nobody can change that - Jerusalem is the capital of Israel."
"The question of whether the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem - we don't need the embassies in Jerusalem, the world needs it. If the world wants to be relevant and connected to reality, they should move their embassies to Jerusalem."