Netanyahu: US Embassy needs to be in Jerusalem

Israeli PM says Regulation Law will be presented in Knesset, emphasizes nothing can substitute strong US-Israel relations.

Nitsan Keidar ,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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In an attempt to counter reports which claim Israel is responsible for delaying the US Embassy's move to Jerusalem, on Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated clearly that he calls on the moving of the embassy to Jerusalem.

"I'd like to mention again that our core alliance is with the United States", Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly government meeting, "there is no substitute for this alliance. Our relations are strong and getting stronger.

"At this opportunity I'd like to state unambiguously that our opinion has forever been and is today as well, that the US Embassy should be located here in Jerusalem.

"Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and it is proper that not only the US embassy move here, but that also all embassies should move here. I believe that as time goes by, most will come here to Jerusalem."

Netanyahu also spoke about the Regulation Law, saying, "Tomorrow we will present the Regulation Law to the Knesset. This law is meant to normalize, once and for all, settlement in Judea and Samaria and prevent repeated attempts to hurt Jewish settlements."

The Regulation Law legalizes and protects thousands of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria which were built with government backing and no knowledge of the existence of absentee land owners, but against which there are now claims of property ownership.

Under the Regulation Law, the homes built on such properties will be allowed to remain, and owners with proven claims to the land will be given a choice of receiving an alternate plot of land or monetary compensation for 125% of their land's value.

However, it will not protect Amona or the nine houses in Ofra.