Trump's UN pick backs moving US embassy to Jerusalem Jan 19, 2017 0 186 12345 AFPWASHINGTONNIKKI HALEY nominated to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, told senators Wednesday that she supports Donald Trump's plan to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.The embassy is located in Tel Aviv, and outgoing secretary of state John Kerry believes that moving it to Jerusalem would be"explosive"since both Israel and the Palestinians claim the city as their capital.Haley, the 44 year-old governor of South Carolina and daughter of Indian immigrants, was asked at her senate confirmation hearing if she supported Trump's campaign trail promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem."Absolutely,"Haley said."And not only is that what Israel wants, but that is what this Congress has said that is what they support.""I think that the biggest part is how we represent America going forward,"Haley said."We need to represent our country from a point of strength. We need to remind the rest of the world that we are the moral compass of the world, and we need to express our values as we go forward."If the US embassy is moved to Jerusalem, it would break decades of US policy and be at odds with the overwhelming majority of other nations, which believe the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiation.Kerry warned in a recent interview on CBS against moving the embassy."You'd have an explosion, an absolute explosion in the region, not just in the West Bank, and perhaps even in Israel itself, but throughout the region,"Kerry told CBS.Trump had seemed to take into account warnings and was more circumspect when asked about the move in interviews with Britain's Times and Germany's Bild over the weekend."I don't want to comment on that, again, but we'll see what happens,"he told the newspapers.One possible compromise being discussed would be to move the office of the new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, from Tel Aviv to the US consulate in Jerusalem.Trump nominated Friedman, a staunchly pro-Israel bankruptcy lawyer who opposes the two-state solution, to be the next ambassador in December.The final status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest issues in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel considers the Jerusalem -- including East Jerusalem, the Palestinian section occupied by Israel since 1967 and annexed in 1980. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Biden hits Russia in final VP remark Jan 19, 2017 0 89 Obama's presidency viewed as success: Poll Jan 19, 2017 0 96 Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row Jan 19, 2017 0 94 United States and Cuba complete deals as Trump era set to begin REUTERS HAVANA THE OBAMA administration and Cuba continue to sign cooperation agreements this week, scrambling to complete negotiations on a range of issues with just days to go until Donald Trump is sworn in as US .. Retired Canadian general recruited to deal with Trump team Ottawa CANADA'S Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tasked a retired general Wednesday with helping Ottawa build bridges to Donald Trump's incoming US administration. Retired lieutenant general Andrew .. Justice Dept sues New York City for denying police job to HIV+ man NEW YORK THE US Department of Justice has sued New York City for revoking an emergency dispatcher job offer it made to a man before he disclosed he had HIV. Lawyers for the Justice Department said in a lawsuit filed late on .. George HW Bush hospitalised for shortness of breath HOUSTON FORMER President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath and the 92-year-old is responding well to treatments, his spokesman said on Wednesday. The 41st president was .. 15-yr-old shoots four, self at American school in Mexico REUTERS MEXICO CITY A TEENAGE student suffering from depression opened fire at an American school in northern Mexico on Wednesday, injuring three students and a teacher then shooting himself in the chin in what state ..