In the aftermath of Trump’s announcement to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize it as Israel’s capital, a few Orange County lawmakers have reacted.
Congressman Lou Correa (D-46) released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem:
“I am a strong supporter of Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship. However, in the interest of peace, I currently do not support moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. The Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations all delayed the moving of the US Embassy. I believe in continuing that policy.”
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-47) stated:
I believe in a two-state solution in the Middle East and believe that the U.S. should be an honest broker in coming up with a durable lasting peace. I also believe that today–more than ever–a unilateral move by the U.S. in relocating its embassy prior to meaningful peace talks, will be a huge setback to successful peace efforts to create that two-state solution.
I support the 1995 law passed by Congress requiring the U.S. to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I also understand and appreciate why since 1995 Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama declined to move the embassy, citing national security interests. They knew that it was not the right time–just as today is not the right time.
This is why I disagree with President Trump’s decision to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-39) issued the following statement:
“I welcome the administration’s decision to recognize Israel’s self-identified capital. Sovereign nations have a right to determine their seat of government, and our close ally Israel should not be treated differently. Relocating the U.S. Embassy should be done carefully, and in a way that advances our national security interests in a dangerous and unstable region.
“The president wants peace between Israel and the Palestinians. And so do I. But no solution can be imposed. Actors in the region must want to put conflict and bloodshed in the past. That’s why the House passed the Taylor Force Act yesterday, telling the PA that their abhorrent pay to slay policy must stop. The administration’s recent engagement with key players is encouraging, and I hope it grows in the coming weeks. A lot of difficult work lies ahead.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv:
“The final status of Jerusalem is one of the most complex components of a peace agreement. That is why President Trump’s decision today to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel without any progress toward peace is a major setback to a two-state solution. His announcement rejects decades of bipartisan policy and undermines our standing with the Palestinians and our partners in the region.
“In 1995 we passed a bill to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the U.S. embassy in the context of the Oslo peace process. Today, there are no direct negotiations, and by taking this action there’s a real potential to further inflame the Middle East. I urge all sides to exercise restraint at this difficult time.”
No statements were released by Senator Kamala Harris, or Representatives Linda Sanchez, Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher, or Darrell Issa.