No comment on Trump's Jerusalem move from Netanyahu in first speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Jerusalem December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not comment on the planned U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday during his first public remarks since the White House confirmed the new policy.

In his 21-minute speech to a Jerusalem diplomatic conference, Netanyahu outlined Israel’s economic strengths and international outreach, emphasising the importance of ties with the United States. But he did not mention the U.S. President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, due later on Wednesday.

Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Alison Williams