“It’s not easy to create a new shrine in Jerusalem,” said Friedman . “But in establishing our embassy here, we have.”
Netanyahu is expected to announce a diplomatic breakthrough today with a country in the region, whose leader he is meeting in Uganda.
The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed the visit on Sunday, declining to comment further on the reason for the trip.
The Hebrew website Ynet reported on Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to travel to Uganda on Monday, but did not cite a reason for the visit.
The president went on to wonder how come there aren't more Republican supporters in the Jewish community.
“Israel is the capital of the Jewish nation,” he said, “and no one will contest this.” Jerusalem's tourism director said we need to make the city more attractive for both visitors and residents.
It is hoped that the bodies will be flown out and buried in Israel before Shabbat, since failure to do so would mean they would only be buried on Sunday, meaning a delay of as much as five days.
The island country from the Pacific joined a small number of other countries who have taken this step in the last several years, including the United States, Guatemala and Honduras.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz wants to get countries to move their embassy to Jerusalem is a top priority, and believes that Israel should provide financial incentives to do so.
"He is a friend of Israel and I am convinced that together we will strengthen the excellent cooperation between the countries,” Netanyahu said in a statement.