Netanyahu Offers ‘Preferential Treatment’ to First 10 Embassies in Yerushalayim

YERUSHALAYIM -

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tried out a new diplomatic tool on Thursday, offering “preferential treatment” to the first ten countries to move their embassies to Yerushalayim.

Netanyahu told foreign diplomats in a gathering at President Reuven Rivlin’s official residence that at least six countries were in talks with Israel to make the move, following the U.S. and Guatemala.

“I am happy to say there are at least half a dozen countries seriously talking with us about relocating their embassies to Jerusalem, and thank you Guatemala for doing so. There will be more following in your steps,” the prime minister said, without identifying the other countries.

“There is a simple principle, you know it — ‘first come first serve,’” Netanyahu continued. “I have decided that the first 10 embassies that arrive here will get preferential treatment. We’ll help you!”

Later on Thursday, Romania reportedly decided to apply for top-10 status.

The Romanian government approved a proposal to transfer the country’s embassy to Yerushalayim, according to Yediot Ahronot.

Liviu Dragnea, de facto leader of the governing coalition and friendly to Israel, confirmed that he supports the move.

Prime Minister Vasilica Viorica Dăncilă is expected to visit Israel next week.