Tenney backs Jerusalem recognition

Published Dec 7, 2017 at 4:00pm

Congresswoman Claudia L. Tenney supports President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the U.S. Embassy there.

“President Trump’s declaration officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and decision to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem is an important step forward in recognizing the sovereignty and undeniable legitimacy of our closest ally in the region,” said Tenney, R-22, New Hartford. “It is a clear statement that the United States and our allies will not be ruled by political threats and violent terror.”

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said in his speech on Wednesday. Like presidents before him, Trump expressed his support for Israel during his 2016 presidential campaign and said the embassy should be moved to “the eternal capital for the Jewish people, Jerusalem.” The embassy is now in Tel Aviv.

“Moving the embassy of the United States to Jerusalem is simply put, the right thing to do,” said Tenney. “Just as Israel’s embassy to the United States is in our capital, so too should our embassy be located in theirs.

“In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act by an overwhelming, bipartisan vote. This legislation states that the United States embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem. Over 20 years later, today President Trump showed bold leadership on this vital issue.”

Several Muslim groups and nations have expressed concern over the possible recognition.