Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) and Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) are applauding President Donald Trump's move to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel Wednesday
Trump also said the U.S. Embassy should eventually move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The White House said it also working on a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish people," Lowey said. "I was proud to vote for the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which demonstrated Congress’ unified position that Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel, and today’s announcement is consistent with existing U.S. law.
Lowey said the US must remain committed to the goal of having the Jewish state of Israel and the Palestinian state.
"Living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition," Lowey said. The Administration must focus its efforts on bringing both sides to the table, as only the parties themselves can agree to end this conflict.”
Faso said he fully supported the administration's decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Israel and to relocate the embassy.
Rep. Sean Maloney (D-Cold Spring) said while Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish homeland, the action by the Trump Administration was "premature" and "reckless.
"It would be better addressed as part of a comprehensive final agreement between the parties involved," Maloney said.
While the decision was praised in Israel, many allies of the US have blasted the move, saying it could make reaching a peace agreement more difficult and cause more conflict in the region.
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