Sputnik: What is your take and your personal feeling on this historic move? How significant is the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem, in your view?
I think it is quite a historic move, and it’s being celebrated in Israel across the political spectrum and also in many parts of the world too, not just in the United States. We’re seeing more and more countries recognizing Jerusalem and move their embassies there as well.
Jerusalem has been the capital of Jewish people throughout recorded history. Our parliament is in Jerusalem, our foreign ministry is in Jerusalem … there are holy prayers with the words "make cheer in Jerusalem."
Sputnik: Now some experts have stated that the relocation of the US Embassy could boost Israel’s claim to the city and underscores its legitimacy. What are your thoughts on this and would you stand to agree with this accession?
Well the country of Israel already has full sovereignty over Jerusalem. And it is under Israeli sovereignty that Jerusalem has been free and opened to all faiths. And as the US administration stated … recognizing Jerusalem as the Jewish capital is a fundamental recognition of reality and fact.
And it is also something that is a necessity and precondition that we want for an opportunity for peace, especially given that the Palestinian leadership continues to deny the connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem and to holy places in Israel.
So I think that if we talk about assault on legitimacy, I think that is the legitimacy that is being denied to Israel to determine as a sovereign nation what is our capital. That is an inalienable right that is afforded to all nations in the world, including Russia, but it seems to be denied to one state – Israel.
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