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Rep. Zeldin Statement Re: President Trump’s Decision to Not Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

May 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, issued a statement today in response to news out of the White House that the U.S. Embassy in Israel will not be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Congressman Zeldin said, “I strongly urge President Trump to keep his campaign promise of moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the unquestionable capital of Israel and should be fully recognized as such. In addition to all of the most sacred religious sites, Jerusalem is also the location of the Israeli Knesset and offices and residences of the Israeli Prime Minister and President. As Israel celebrates the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, this is an ill timed mistake on the part of the administration to make this decision and announcement. I strongly urge the President to reconsider. Additionally, I would also encourage him to allow Prime Minister Netanyahu to escort him to the Western Wall, which is absolutely also a part of Israel.