Alwaght- Palestine blasted as “immoral, illegal, and irresponsible,” British Prime Minister Liz Truss' recent promise to Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid to “review” the location of the UK embassy in Israeli regime.
The head of the Palestinian mission to London, Husam Zomlot, called it “extremely unfortunate” that the British prime minister used “her first appearance at the UN” to “commit to potentially breaking international law.”
Earlier this week, Truss told Lapid about a “review of the current location” of the British diplomatic mission as the two met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Downing Street said in a statement.
Lapid then thanked the British prime minister for “positively considering moving the British Embassy to Jerusalem [al-Quds]” in a tweet on Thursday. The news drew the ire of the Palestinian authorities. “Any embassy move would be a blatant violation of international law [and] the UK's historic responsibilities,” Zomlot said in a series of fiery tweets.
Such actions would undermine the two-state solution and lead to an escalation of tensions in al-Quds and even in the UK itself, the diplomat warned. The British authorities have so far not commented on the timing of the “review.”
A similar move by the US under its previous president, Donald Trump, led to a major fallout in relations with Palestine. The Palestinian Authority stopped taking calls from Washington altogether during the Trump administration after the US moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to al-Quds.