Reps. Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch Joint Statement on Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

Dec 6, 2017

Reps. Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch Joint Statement on Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

(Washington) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, issued this joint statement following President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel:

“The President’s decision today is a recognition of existing U.S. law that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that the U.S. embassy should ultimately be located in the capital. There is no debate that the Jewish people have a deep-rooted religious, cultural and historic tie to Jerusalem, and today’s decision reaffirms that connection. The fact is that Jerusalem – an ancient and holy city to all three monotheistic faiths – will remain the capital of the Jewish state in any iteration of a negotiated two-state solution. Today’s decision does not preclude our shared goal of two states for two peoples to be negotiated between the parties themselves. Now is the time for urgent progress towards the President’s stated objective of achieving a real and lasting peace.”

 

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