Netanyahu Says Fox News Reporter’s Claims on Embassy Move are ‘False’
JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Monday a Fox News reporter spread “false” information by posting on Twitter that Netanyahu had told President Donald Trump in February not to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Fox News correspondent Conor Powell tweeted earlier on Monday, “Everyone I’ve spoken to in D.C. that has been briefed on #Jerusalem embassy move says #Netanyahu told #Trump not to move embassy at this time.”
In response, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement — without naming Powell — saying, “The claims posted by a Fox News correspondent are false,” quoting summaries of Netanyahu’s mid-February meeting with Trump and Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer’s mid-January meeting with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as proof Netanyahu supports the potential embassy relocation.
The Prime Minister’s Office added, “This is the clear and consistent position of Prime Minister Netanyahu, which he reiterated today.”
Netanyahu told lawmakers from his Likud party on Monday that he fully supports moving the embassy. “My consistent and unequivocal position is that the US embassy should move to Jerusalem, as should other embassies,” he said.