Moving British embassy to Jerusalem would violate international law, says head of Palestinian mission to UK
The head of the Palestinian mission in London has struck down a recent promise made by British Prime Minister Liz Truss to Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid as “immoral, illegal and irresponsible”. The angry reaction was caused by Truss’ wish to “exam” the location of the UK Embassy in Israel.
Palestinian diplomat, Husam Zomlot, who heads the mission in the UK and is an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, called him “extremely unhappy” that the British prime minister used “his first appearance at the UN” at “commit to potentially breaching international law.”
Earlier this week, Truss spoke to Lapid about a “current location review” from the British diplomatic mission as the two met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Downing Street said in a statement.
Lapid then thanked the British Prime Minister for “positively considering moving the British Embassy to Jerusalem” in a Tweeter Thursday. The news angered the Palestinian authorities. “Any embassy move would be a flagrant violation of international law. [and] historical responsibilities of the United Kingdom”, Zomlot said in a series of fiery tweets.
Such actions would undermine the two-state solution and lead to escalating tensions in Jerusalem and even in the UK itself, the diplomat warned. British authorities have not yet commented on the timing of the “exam.”
A similar move by the United States under its previous president, Donald Trump, led to major fallout in relations with Palestine. The Palestinian Authority completely stopped receiving calls from Washington during the Trump administration after the United States moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv, the internationally recognized capital, to Jerusalem, which the country considers its capital. legit.
The US consulate in Jerusalem which served as the de facto US embassy to the Palestinians was later incorporated into the relocated embassy as a unit for Palestinian affairs. The decision angered Palestinians, who see East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
The UK, along with most other countries, has so far retained its embassy in Tel Aviv. Until now, London had maintained that it would only move the diplomatic mission if a definitive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians was reached. The UK also has a consulate in East Jerusalem.
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