RAMALLAH, Thursday, October 6, 2022 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called today on Britain to refrain from moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying the move would have gave consequences.
Shtayyeh made his call today as he received the UK’s Middle East and North Africa Director Stephen Hickey in his office in Ramallah, where the former briefed the latter on the seriousness of the British Prime Minister’s announcement of her intention to review the status of the British Embassy and its location in Israel.
"The possibility of [the UK] moving its embassy to Jerusalem undermines the two-state solution and harms any future political process by removing Jerusalem from the final solution files, not to mention that it contradicts international law and UN resolutions and the British position that Jerusalem is an occupied city," said the Prime Minister.
During the meeting, Shtayyeh called on Britain to recognize the State of Palestine on the pre-1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, and to take serious measures against Israeli settlements to preserve the two-state solution in which it believes.
He added, "The international community has a great responsibility to press Israel to stop its violations and colonial project, as well as to stop its obstruction of the Palestinian elections by not allowing a Palestinian election in Jerusalem."
The Prime Minister also called on the British Foreign Office official to pressure Israel to stop its illegal deductions from Palestinian tax revenues that put the Palestinian government in a financial impasse.