UK Archbishop ‘Concerned’ Over Talk of Jerusalem Embassy Move

Photo: AP [via The Guardian]

The Facts

  • The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has expressed concern over UK PM Liz Truss's suggestion to move the British embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Truss had informed her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid of this suggestion at the UN summit last month.

  • The UK has long held a neutral stance, basing its Israeli embassy in Tel Aviv despite Israel designating Jerusalem as its capital. Archbishop Welby expressed concern over the implications of the move before a settlement is reached between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Spin

Right narrative

Next year marks 75 years since the re-establishment of the State of Israel. What better way to honor this anniversary than by moving the UK embassy to Jerusalem, reversing decades of misguided foreign policy? This will deeply enhance UK-Israeli relations.

Left narrative

The case against a move is logical, legal, and practical as well as moral. Moving the embassy would tear up the commitment to any meaningful two-state solution. It would also tacitly condone the march of illegal settlements. Britain’s historical responsibilities, and international law, demand it should keep the embassy in Tel Aviv and not add to the damage already done.

Political split



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