Representatives Price, Welch, Yarmuth, Lee and Blumenauer Issue Joint Statement on Trump Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

December 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Dec. 6, 2017) – On Wednesday, December 6, Representatives David Price (D-NC), Peter Welch (D-VT), John Yarmuth (D-KY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) issued the following joint statement following the announcement that President Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“President Trump’s announcement demonstrates, once again, his complete disregard for long-standing American and international diplomatic practice. It unilaterally undermines prospects for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and recklessly endangers U.S., Israeli, and regional security. For more than 50 years, Republican and Democratic Administrations have recognized that the United States should stand as a good faith arbiter for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. 

Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel outside the framework of a final status agreement between the parties does more to sabotage than to advance peace. A two-state solution is the only outcome that guarantees Israel’s existence as a Jewish, democratic, and secure state, and provides the Palestinians a just and secure future. The decision jeopardizes the future of a two-state solution and the United States’ ability to work with regional partners to foster the conditions for the resumption of peace negotiations.”