I congratulate President Trump on taking action and recognizing Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. The Embassy being moved from Tel Aviv makes a bold statement. It demonstrates to the world that the United States will stand with our ally Israel.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, as passed by both chambers of congress, instructed the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to be relocated to Jerusalem. It further provided that the US would officially recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. Passing the JEA seemed futile as every president since the act passed has ignored it. It remained unimplemented for over 20 years.
President Trump made a promise during his campaign that he would take action on the JEA and make it happen. He delivered as promised.
This gesture marks a massive milestone for relations between our two nations. Israel is one of Americas closest friends and it is an ally who has long been ignored. PM Netanyahu was ecstatic and grateful. He made a powerful statement
The people of Israel will soon feel relief. This proclamation; although long over due, is welcomed and celebrated. I am profoundly grateful to President Trump for demonstrating bravery and fidelity.
Watch PM Netanyahu respond: