Today is a momentous day for the U.S.-Israel relationship. The opening of the U.S. embassy in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, marks the fulfillment of a longstanding bipartisan commitment expressed through decades of U.S. legislation. This decision to move the embassy was established in law in the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which Congress adopted in 1995 with overwhelming support from both parties. We are grateful to President Trump for officially recognizing Jerusalem—the historic and spiritual capital of the Jewish people for more than 3,000 years—as Israel’s capital last December and for opening our embassy there today. It is particularly fitting that this historic event occurs as Israel celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding. America was the first nation to recognize the independence of the Jewish state, and it is particularly appropriate that our country is once again taking the initiative to strengthen our relationship with Israel and its standing in the world. We urge other nations to follow the United States' lead and also locate their embassies in Israel’s capital. Israelis and Palestinians agreed in the Oslo Accords that Jerusalem is a final status issue, and such actions do not preclude future negotiations over Jerusalem’s status. Further, strengthening diplomatic ties with the Jewish state advances the cause of peace and facilitates access to Israel’s extraordinary technological and life-saving innovations benefiting people throughout the world.
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