Biden to keep Jerusalem embassy but seek Palestinian state, nominee says

US President-elect Joe Biden will not reverse Donald Trump’s landmark recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but will seek a state for the Palestinians, Antony Blinken, his nominee for secretary of state, said yesterday.

Asked at his confirmation hearing by Senator Ted Cruz if the United States will continue its stance on Jerusalem and maintain its embassy, Blinken said without hesitation, “Yes and yes.”

Trump in 2017 bucked international consensus and recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, despite Palestinians’ claims to the holy city as part of their campaign for a separate state.

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