Rep. Russell Statement on Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

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Washington, DC, May 14, 2018 | comments

Washington, DC – Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5) issued the following statement on the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel:

“President Trump announced last December that the U.S. embassy in Israel would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the coming months; the historic move that occurred today is a recognition of reality that is long overdue. Jerusalem has been and always will be the eternal and undivided capital of Israel. Israel’s Knesset, Supreme Court, and Prime Minister all reside in Jerusalem. The U.S. House and Senate have on three separate occasions supported recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Congress enacted the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 to move our embassy to Jerusalem, and the House stood by its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2007 by unanimously passing H. Con Res. 152. Most recently, last June the Senate voted unanimously to pass S. Res. 176, again calling for our embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I applaud President Trump for taking this decisive action where others waivered; today is a momentous day for the State of Israel and for the U.S.-Israel relationship.”

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