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Netanyahu Denies Claim That He Told Trump Not To Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s office responded to a tweet by a Fox News correspondent which asserted that the Israeli prime minister asked President Donald Trump not to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

“The claims posted by a Fox News correspondent are false,” read the statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, which then went on to quote from summaries by then-acting national security adviser Yaakov Nagel  of Netanyahu’s meetings with President Trump at the White House on February 17 in which he supported the move.

Fox News correspondent Conor Powell posted the statement on Monday morning, saying “Everyone I’ve spoken to in DC that has been briefed on #Jerusalem embassy move says #Netanyahu told #Trump not to move embassy at this time.”

Earlier on Monday, during a Likud Party meeting, Netanyahu again expressed his support for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“My consistent and unequivocal position is that the U.S. Embassy should move to Jerusalem, as should other embassies,” Netanyahu said at the meeting.


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