Netanyahu says Fox News reporter’s claims on embassy move are ‘false’


( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said a Fox News reporter spread "false" information by posting on Twitter that Netanyahu had told President Donald Trump in February not to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a press conference for the Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem, in December 2016. Credit: Karen McDonough.

Fox News correspondent Conor Powell tweeted 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 U.S. Ron Dermer's mid-January meeting with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as proof Netanyahu supports the embassy move.

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 Monday that he fully supports moving the embassy. “My consistent and unequivocal position is that the U.S. embassy should move to Jerusalem, as should other embassies,” he said.

Posted on May 15, 2017 .