The Israel Institute of New Zealand has welcomed today’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the state’s capital and it is calling on the New Zealand government to follow suit.
Israel Institute of New Zealand Director David Cumin said the move allows an opportunity for the new government to repair some of the damage done by previous ones.
The Institute believes there is no reason why the relocated US embassy should be seen as a barrier to the establishment of Palestine.
The move has faced criticism from US allies in the Muslim world.
Palestinian officials have called it a "kiss of death" for the Middle East.
However, Israel’s Prime Minister welcomed the recognition, he said the Jewish people will be “forever grateful.”