Knesset speaker pushes US counterpart Ryan on embassy move
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Knesset speaker pushes US counterpart Ryan on embassy move

Yuli Edelstein tells House leader that Congressional backing 'will lead to worldwide and regional support' for relocation, but Paul Ryan's statement doesn't address issue

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan (second left) and his delegation meet with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (second right), in the Knesset on April 4, 2016. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan (second left) and his delegation meet with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (second right), in the Knesset on April 4, 2016. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein met with his US counterpart House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) in Washington on Wednesday in hopes of drumming up support for moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a pledge US President Donald Trump made on the campaign trail.

The White House has signaled it may be reconsidering the embassy move, but Israeli officials have continued to push for the relocation, seeing it as long-sought recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from its most important ally.

During his meeting with the House speaker, Edelstein told Ryan he strongly supports moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and that he hopes the move will be approved with strong bipartisan support in Congress.

“The meaning of widespread support in Congress will likely lead to worldwide and regional support” for moving the US embassy, Edelstein told Ryan, according to a press statement from the Knesset speaker.

“If the American Embassy will move — I am sure that additional countries will move their embassies to the capital city” of Israel, Edelstein added.

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