Israel to pay millions for foreign embassies to move to Jerusalem

Jul 29,2019

Some countries asked Israel to pay money to relocate their embassies and some asked for Israel’s mediation with the US to improve relations with it.

Israeli foreign ministry is preparing plan worth 50 million shekels ($14.2m) to pay for countries to move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Described as a “national diplomatic and strategic goal of the first order,” the plan’s implementation is important to encourage countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem, Israel Hayom said revealed on Sunday.

It is set to be presented to the cabinet for a vote in the coming weeks, Israel Hayom continued.

It comes as the foreign ministry found that a number of countries would be willing to move their embassies in exchange for development assistance or help improving their relations with the US.

Other countries, the report said, such as Honduras and El Salvador, which agreed to open embassies in Jerusalem, asked Israel to open embassies in their capitals in return.

Speaking to the newspaper, Foreign Minister Israel Katz said that Israel’s sovereignty “must” be reinforced in Jerusalem, noting that the goals set by moving the US and Guatemalan embassies to Jerusalem have not been achieved.

He also said that many countries had promised to relocate their embassies, but they have yet to do so.

In December 2017, the US announced relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem and it did so later on in a show of complete disregard to the Palestinian rights and the terms of the international law.

Israel Hayom