Biden to keep US embassy in Jerusalem but seek Palestinian state

President-elect Joe Biden will keep the US embassy in Jerusalem, but he will seek a state for the Palestinians, Antony Blinken, his nominee for secretary of state, said Tuesday at his Senate confirmation hearing.

“Do you agree that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and do you commit that the United States will keep our embassy in Jerusalem?” asked Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

“Yes and Yes,” said Antony Blinken in testimony on Tuesday.

In 2018, outgoing President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to ‘Israel’ from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017.

At that time, Biden called Trump’s decision to move the embassy as “short-sighted and frivolous.”

“The only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic state and to give the Palestinians a state to which they are entitled is through the so-called two-state solution,” Blinken said.

“I think realistically, it’s hard to see near-term prospects for moving forward on that. What would be important is to make sure that neither party takes steps that make the already difficult process even more challenging,” he continued.

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