Romanian PM announces plans to move embassy to Jerusalem

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă announced her government’s intention to move the Romanian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, Dăncilă said the government had completed an assessment “evaluating the opportunity” to move the embassy from Tel Aviv, which resulted in “full consensus” for the decision.

“I, as prime minister of Romania, and the government that I run, will move our embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Israel,” she said.

The announcement is likely to trigger a backlash as it breaks with the EU’s position that East Jerusalem is Palestinian territory occupied by Israel.

Dăncilă also told her audience in Washington that the Romanian parliament will work on three new laws in the next days: granting Romanian citizenship to all Romanian Jews who were forced to renounce it when they left the country under the communist regime; granting compensation and special pensions for Holocaust survivors in Romania; and granting access to state archives to specialists from the Federation of Jewish Community in Romania.

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