Romania will likely be the next country to join President Donald Trump in moving their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to Liviu Dragnea, Chief Deputy for Romania’s Parliament.
On Friday, Dragnea said, “I think Romania should seriously consider moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. We should think about that very seriously,” according to The Times of Israel. Citing “practical matters,” he added, “All Israeli central institutions are in Jerusalem, and all the ambassadors and embassy staff are commuting from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”
Dragnea’s statement came a day after the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and calling on countries not to move their diplomatic missions to the city. A total of 128 countries voted in favor of the UN resolution, with 9 voting against. Romania broke European Union consensus on the vote by abstaining, along with 34 other countries.
Following Trump’s announcement on December 6, Israeli leaders have encouraged world leaders to follow the US example and announce the relocation of their embassies to Jerusalem as well, but have not received much of a response so far.
Czech Republic President Milos Zeman said his country should move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but the country’s prime minister, Andrej Babis, later said he had no immediate plans to do so. Prime Minister Babis’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the issue.