Loudermilk Statement on Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
Washington, December 6, 2017
Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:
“When I visit with members of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, I go to Jerusalem. Both times I have met with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, we met in Jerusalem. And my meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, of Israel, was also in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the seat of the Israeli government; it is the location of their Parliament building and the offices of the Prime Minister and President.
“It is the diplomatic right of any sovereign nation to choose where their nation’s capital is located; and, for 67 years, Israel has recognized Jerusalem as their capital. It is beyond time for the United States to embrace reality and formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“In 1995 Congress passed, by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority, an act to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. I applaud President Trump for addressing this and formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”