Deputy FM: We will bring more embassies to Jerusalem

Deputy FM Hotovely says she hopes to encourage additional countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Benny Tucker ,

Tzipi Hotovely
Tzipi Hotovely
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Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) will leave after Pesach (Passover) to visit various countries and discuss moving their embassies in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"I intend to leave for a trip after Pesach, so that additional countries will join the US' process and we will have more flags flying in Jerusalem," she told Arutz Sheva.

"Until today, all the embassies were in Tel Aviv. There's nothing similar to that anywhere. A sovereign country needs to choose its capital. I hope that my efforts bear fruit, and the concept, 'Next year in Jerusalem' will taken on a practical meaning, and we'll see additional flags flying in our capital.'"

Describing her accomplishments as Deputy Foreign Minister, Hotovely said, "This was an amazing year for Israel, and we can celebrate the fact that we are a light unto the nations. We saw the Indian Prime Minister visit, and the US President visit. And the US President is keeping his historical promise to move the Embassy to Jerusalem."

"For many years, the world obsessed about the settlements. This, too, is lessening. The Palestinians are receiving less support fro the world, and Israel is receiving great appreciation and sympathy in many areas, such as nutritional security, air pollution, and water pollution. Israel is leading the war against terror, and in medical technology, we are influential and leaders."

Hotovely also discussed the brutal murder of a Holocaust survivor in France.

"Unfortunately, anti-Semitism is on the rise," she said. "We saw the condemnation of the horrific murder of a Holocaust survivor in France. On this issue, I'm a big believer in that Israel is the safest place for Jews, and we need to encourage as many Jews as possible to immigrate to Israel."

"It's not that we don't have dangers here. But this is a place where the government sees protecting every Jew who comes to join us as a top priority."