FROM THE DESK OF Lillian Pinkus AIPAC President

 

 

 
FROM THE DESK OF
Lillian Pinkus
AIPAC President
Since King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel some 3,000 years ago, the city has served as the spiritual capital of the Jewish people. Yet for the past 70 years, the world has refused to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

That began to change today.

For the first time, the United States formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. President Trump also instructed the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Today’s decision is more than an important benchmark—it is a milestone that corrects a historical wrong. Until today, Jerusalem was the only capital city in the world that the United States neither recognized nor declared as the location of its embassy.

And critically, today’s announcement reaffirmed America’s commitment to the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. The decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in no way precludes future negotiations over the city’s final status, borders, or the goal of two states for two peoples.

Rather, that choice is consistent with bipartisan U.S. policy established in the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which states in law that as a matter of U.S. policy, America should recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and our embassy should be located there. AIPAC strongly lobbied for its passage more than two decades ago, and it was overwhelmingly supported by both the U.S. Senate (93–5) and the House of Representatives (374–37). The Democratic and Republican party platforms have also consistently, and explicitly, acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel’s capital for the past several decades—including most recently in 2016.

Today, America’s president stood up for what was always right but was never done.

It is a moment I’m proud to share with you.

Sincerely,

Lillian Pinkus
AIPAC President

P.S. Please find AIPAC’s press release on today’s announcement below.

 
Dec. 6, 2017

AIPAC Statement on President Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement

Today is a historic day for the U.S.-Israel relationship. For the first time, the United States officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

AIPAC has always supported American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital city, and we commend President Trump’s momentous announcement and decision to initiate relocating the U.S. embassy there.

This recognition is a long-overdue step to implement U.S. law. The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 declared that Jerusalem “should remain an undivided city,” and “the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem.” AIPAC strongly supported passage of that act, which Congress overwhelmingly adopted on a bipartisan basis.

Importantly, relocating the embassy to Jerusalem does not in any way prejudge the outcome of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, to include establishing two states for two peoples and resolving Palestinian claims to the eastern portion of the city and the disposition of holy places. Rather, this announcement acknowledges that Jerusalem will continue to be Israel’s capital as part of any conceivable final status agreement.

The Jewish people have maintained a constant presence in Jerusalem, their holiest city, for more than 3,000 years. Israel declared the city its capital following its reestablishment in 1948. When the United States ultimately relocates its embassy to Jerusalem, it will treat Israel as it does every other country with which we have diplomatic relations.

Today’s action by President Trump is an important, historic step for which we are grateful. We urge the president to quickly relocate our embassy to Israel’s capital.

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FROM THE DESK OF
Lillian Pinkus
AIPAC President
Since King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel some 3,000 years ago, the city has served as the spiritual capital of the Jewish people. Yet for the past 70 years, the world has refused to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

That began to change today.

For the first time, the United States formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. President Trump also instructed the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Today’s decision is more than an important benchmark—it is a milestone that corrects a historical wrong. Until today, Jerusalem was the only capital city in the world that the United States neither recognized nor declared as the location of its embassy.

And critically, today’s announcement reaffirmed America’s commitment to the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. The decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in no way precludes future negotiations over the city’s final status, borders, or the goal of two states for two peoples.

Rather, that choice is consistent with bipartisan U.S. policy established in the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which states in law that as a matter of U.S. policy, America should recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and our embassy should be located there. AIPAC strongly lobbied for its passage more than two decades ago, and it was overwhelmingly supported by both the U.S. Senate (93–5) and the House of Representatives (374–37). The Democratic and Republican party platforms have also consistently, and explicitly, acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel’s capital for the past several decades—including most recently in 2016.

Today, America’s president stood up for what was always right but was never done.

It is a moment I’m proud to share with you.

Sincerely,

Lillian Pinkus
AIPAC President

P.S. Please find AIPAC’s press release on today’s announcement below.

 
Dec. 6, 2017

AIPAC Statement on President Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement

Today is a historic day for the U.S.-Israel relationship. For the first time, the United States officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

AIPAC has always supported American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital city, and we commend President Trump’s momentous announcement and decision to initiate relocating the U.S. embassy there.

This recognition is a long-overdue step to implement U.S. law. The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 declared that Jerusalem “should remain an undivided city,” and “the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem.” AIPAC strongly supported passage of that act, which Congress overwhelmingly adopted on a bipartisan basis.

Importantly, relocating the embassy to Jerusalem does not in any way prejudge the outcome of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, to include establishing two states for two peoples and resolving Palestinian claims to the eastern portion of the city and the disposition of holy places. Rather, this announcement acknowledges that Jerusalem will continue to be Israel’s capital as part of any conceivable final status agreement.

The Jewish people have maintained a constant presence in Jerusalem, their holiest city, for more than 3,000 years. Israel declared the city its capital following its reestablishment in 1948. When the United States ultimately relocates its embassy to Jerusalem, it will treat Israel as it does every other country with which we have diplomatic relations.

Today’s action by President Trump is an important, historic step for which we are grateful. We urge the president to quickly relocate our embassy to Israel’s capital.

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