Edited by: JV Staff
The Moldovan government together with its Prime Minister, Pavel Filip, recently approved the transfer of the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This move fulfills the promise made by Moldovan President, Igor Dodov, which he first voiced during his meeting with the leaders of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC) headed by Michael Mirilashvili. During the meeting, which took place last December in Jerusalem, President Dodon vowed “in all earnestness” to consider the question of transferring the country’s embassy. Prime Minister Filip expressed his confidence that the decision would be realized regardless of the outcome of the pre-term elections scheduled to be held in Moldova in the near future.
EAJC President Michael Mirilashvili thanked the country’s leadership saying, “We are talking of an historic decision that is going to take the bilateral relationship to a whole new level. Israelis and Jews all over the world alike will always remember Moldova as one of the first countries to move its embassy to Jerusalem. This step is a logical continuation of the Moldovan government policy of strengthening ties with the Jewish community and fighting against anti-Semitism. We congratulate the peoples of the two countries on this milestone and are happy to further promote friendly relations between Israel and Moldova.”
EAJC CEO Haim Ben-Yakov stressed that, “The status of Jerusalem is one of key issues in Middle Eastern politics. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem is a testament to the shared belief that Jerusalem has always been the center of spiritual life for our people, and it is inconceivable to imagine any solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict without Jerusalem being recognized as the capital of the State of Israel.”
The United States recognized Jerusalem as Israeli capital in December of 2017 and in May of 2018 moved there its embassy from Tel Aviv. Later, Guatemala also moved its embassy to Jerusalem. On September 13, 2018 Czech government announced their decision to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In December of 2018 Australia recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Russia recognizes West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.