Tuesday, January 21, 2020

President-elect Donald Trump with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(Credit: Ha’aretz)

During his state visit to Azerbaijan to sign a series of security and economic agreements, Netanyahu welcomed U.S. President-elect Trump’s apparent intention to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem: “I will respond to this in one word: Great.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented Tuesday on recent statements made by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s senior aide Kellyanne Conway reiterating her boss’s plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump is going in the direction of supporting the State of Israel, said Netanyahu, adding that the president-elect appreciated Israel’s desire to make peace.

“We enjoy the fact that we have large support in the U.S. … The U.S. understands that on the future of Israel, Israel is the one that must decide,” he continued.

The prime minister later explained the main reasons for his visits to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. “The aim is to bring about a change to the automatic majority against Israel in international forums,” he said.

During Netanyahu’s visit to Azerbaijan, he signed a series of agreements with President
Aliyev.

Welcoming the Israeli prime minister, Aliyev noted the strong defense trade between the countries—which currently stands at $4.5 billion—as well as Netanyahu’s first visit to Azerbaijan during his first stint as prime minister during the 1990s. He said the current visit is a sign of both strong existing ties between Baku and Jerusalem as well as a potential for expanding cooperation moving forward.

By Itamar Eichner/Ynetnews.com

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