CRUZ: ‘Rectified what has been a historic injustice for far too long…’
(Paul Chesser, Liberty Headlines) Several Republican members of both the House and Senate voiced their approval (with Democrats divided) of President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would follow United States law, stop endless delays by his predecessors, and move the nation’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, recognizing the Holy City as its capital:
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas: “I enthusiastically commend President Trump for today’s courageous and heroic decision.
“Roughly 120 years since a pioneer of the Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, convened the first Zionist Congress in Basel, 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War, and nearly 70 years after the United States was the first country to give recognition to the modern State of Israel, the President of the United States has for the first time formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“Today, December 6, 2017, the President also announced that he will move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“This day will forever be etched in the history books as one of the great moments in history.
“The strongest and most prosperous country in the world has rectified what has been a historic injustice for far too long, recognizing the ancient and sacred city that has been the eternal capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years, and the capital of the one and only Jewish State since 1948.
“This announcement recognizes the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and sends a powerful message that rejects all those who wrongly seek to delegitimize Israel through falsifying and erasing the profound ties that exist between the Jewish people and Jerusalem.”
Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi: “President Trump’s courageous decision to relocate America’s embassy to Jerusalem is long overdue.
“I supported bipartisan legislation to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in 1995 as a freshman member of the House of Representatives.
“I believe now what I did then: Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided home of the Jewish people.
“We should treat Israel like we do every other country and locate our embassy in its capital city.
“Concerns that moving the embassy will endanger negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians distract from the real and enduring threats to peace – the continued refusal to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist and the lingering hostility toward the Jewish state from Palestinian leadership and other groups around the world.
“A peace process that cannot withstand moving the location of America’s embassy was never serious in the first place.”
Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas: “The president has rightly acknowledged the plain truth that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, as it has always been, and the only way to secure a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians is to build upon a foundation of truth.
“Twenty-two years ago, President Clinton signed into law a statute, passed with bipartisan support, that declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
“Even so, Israel was the only country in the world whose capital the State Department refused to recognize.
“Today’s decision corrects this glaring discrepancy, and I’m glad to see President Trump right this wrong.”
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah: “I applaud President Trump’s proclamation and join him in recognizing that both throughout history and today, Jerusalem is the true capital of Israel.
“The President has also been bold in directing that the State Department expeditiously begin to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following the international custom of having official diplomatic representation in national capitals around the globe.
“While a new location is being selected for the US Embassy, the US government will continue to serve American citizens in the region and Palestinians through our consulate in Jerusalem, just as it has done for decades since the US presence in Jerusalem was established as a consulate in 1928.
“We continue to hope for peace and longtime stability between Israelis and Palestinians, but the US can no longer wait to do the right thing in recognizing the nation’s rightful capital.”
Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma: “After more than two decades of bipartisan requests from Congress, I applaud the President’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the start of a long process to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
“The Government of Israel officially resides in Jerusalem; ignoring the obvious physical location of the Israeli Knesset and the office of the Prime Minister in West Jerusalem does not bring the region closer to peace, it only placates those that want to destabilize the region.
“Israel is not the problem in the Middle East, it is part of the solution.”
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida: “I commend President Trump for following U.S. law and recognizing Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish state of Israel.
“The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which Congress passed during the Clinton administration, requires the United States not only to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but also to eventually move the American embassy to Jerusalem.
“Today’s announcement is an important step in the right direction. Unequivocal recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will be complete when the U.S. embassy is officially relocated there.”
Sen. David Perdue of Georgia: “It’s long overdue we send a powerful message of support to one of our closest allies, Israel.
“I commend President Trump for taking continued steps to reaffirm the United States’ relationship with Israel after years of questionable policies from the Obama Administration.”
Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the Freedom Caucus: “What a powerful statement it is, on the 50th anniversary of reunification, for President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the true, undivided Capital of Israel.
“I applaud the President for this decision and for delivering on yet another key promise he made during his campaign.
“After 8 years of damage, constant undermining, and broken promises, the world will once again know that the United States stands, unwaveringly, alongside Israel.”
Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, Chairman of Homeland Security Committee: “Every American embassy should be located in the capital of that country, and Jerusalem is the undivided capital of the State of Israel.
“Congress spoke loud and clear on this issue with the overwhelming passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which states that Israel, as a sovereign nation, has the right to designate its own capital and our embassy should be located in that capital.
“I welcome President Trump’s historic announcement today, which both fulfills a key campaign promise and recognizes a longstanding reality.
“Furthermore, this announcement signals a new era in relations with our Israeli partners – relations that were significantly strained by the Obama administration.
“Make no mistake, the controversial and sensitive process ahead will come with its challenges.
“I urge President Trump to be mindful of this as he moves forward with the relocation of our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and ensure U.S. national security interests remain a top priority.
“I also urge all parties in the region to exercise restraint as we move forward, and trust that the United States, as the president highlighted, remains deeply committed to lasting peace in the region.”
Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana: “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the United States embassy rightfully should reside there.
“While presidents from both parties have called for this recognition of Israel, President Trump is the first president to take action.
“President Trump and I are strong allies of Israel and I will continue working to maintain and enhance this relationship.”
Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona: “I applaud President Trump’s action to implement the 1995 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move our embassy to its rightful place in the city.
“Jerusalem is the historic capital of the Jewish people. I pray for a peaceful transition.”
Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina: “I applaud President Trump for fulfilling his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“Today’s announcement sends a clear signal to the world that in any coming peace negotiations we will not be pressuring Israel to give up its historic and religious capital.”Click here for reuse options!
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