Media reports say Truss informed Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid at the United Nations that she was considering moving the embassy out of Tel Aviv.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss is considering moving the British embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city of Jerusalem – a decision that will follow a provocative move by former US President Donald Trump.
Mr. Truss told Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid that she was considering relocation during a meeting at the United Nations in New York City on Wednesday, reports said.
An unnamed British government spokesman was quoted as saying that Truss had informed Lapid “of her review of the current location of the British embassy in Israel”.
The Israeli government did not immediately comment on Thursday’s report.
The UK has located the Israeli embassy in Tel Aviv for decades despite Israel’s designation of Jerusalem as its capital.
The Jerusalem Post quote A senior Israeli official said before their meeting on Wednesday, Lapid expressed hope that Truss would move the embassy and that he planned to raise the matter with her.
‘The strongest foothold in Israel’
Before being elected UK leader earlier this month, Truss wrote in a letter to Conservative Friends of Israel that she was considering moving the embassy, adding that she understood “importance and sensitivity” to its location.
“I had many conversations with my good friend… Let’s talk about this topic. Admitting that, I will be looking at a move to make sure we are operating on the most solid basis in Israeli territory,” Truss said.
Trump caused controversy when he announced he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem in 2017 and officially did so a year later. The move angered Palestinians and drew international condemnation.
Previous US presidents, like most other countries, have limited the opening of embassies in Jerusalem, the final status of the city should first be resolved through negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Palestinian leaders see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
The Trump administration is also shutting down US Consulate Jerusaleman office that for many years served as the de facto embassy to the Palestinians.
Incumbent Foreign Minister Antony Blinken has pledged to reopen, a move Israel says will challenge its sovereignty over Jerusalem.
The United States, Kosovo, Honduras and Guatemala are the only countries with embassies in Jerusalem.