Sanders: I Would ‘Probably Not’ Move U.S. Embassy Back to Tel Aviv

Other Dem candidates said they would not move it

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.) said he would "probably not" move the US embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv. Last year, the Trump administration made the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American embassy in the country there.

"Would you move the embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv?" the moderator asked Sanders.

"Probably not. It would be part of a broader discussion of how we bring peace to the region," Sanders said. "And that means, in the same sense, bringing Israel and the Palestinians together."

"Israel 100 percent must have the right to exist in peace and security and not be subjected to terrorist attacks," he continued. "Palestinian people also have the right to live in peace and security."

He stressed the need to address the situation aggressively and diplomatically.

Several of Sanders's fellow Democratic candidates have also said they would not move the embassy from Jerusalem, according to Axios. Former Vice President and current frontrunner Joe Biden said he would not move the embassy back to Tel Aviv, but would re-open the consulate in east Jerusalem to engage the Palestinians in talks.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) all concurred with Biden, although Gillibrand and Booker both expressed criticisms of the move. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke also expressed that they would not reverse Trump's decision.