British Prime Minister Liz Truss is considering moving the UK Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Truss spoke to his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid “about his review of the current location” of the building, a Downing Street spokeswoman said.
Truss had previously offered the move as a campaign promise to conservative Friends of Israel, during his successful leadership bid this summer. She brought up the issue when meeting with Lapid in New York during the United Nations General Assembly.
The British Embassy in Israel is currently located in Tel Aviv, as in virtually every country except the United States. Former US President Donald Trump moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem in 2018. Theresa May, Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister at the time, criticized the move. The relocation of embassies is a very sensitive issue, since both Israelis and Palestinians regard Jerusalem as their capital.
Protests against Trump’s decision have resulted in the deaths of dozens of Palestinians. Honduras and Guatemala followed suit by moving their embassies to Jerusalem, and Kosovo opened its embassy in the city in 2021.
Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s far-right League party, has vowed to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy from Tel Aviv if his coalition wins the upcoming September 25 elections.