WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, entered the following statement into the Congressional Record Monday commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. The Senate will vote tonight on a related resolution:
“Mr. President, this June marks the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. I am honored to support Senate Resolution 176, a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
“This resolution reaffirms the holy city of Jerusalem’s central role for the Jewish people dating back many millennia. Since 1967 all people of all religious faiths have been able to visit and worship at the holy sites of Jerusalem. I will always stand with Israel as it ensures that all individuals enjoy opportunities to visit and worship at Jerusalem’s holy sites.
“The United States has stood with Israel for the past 50 years, and will continue to do so. The intervening 50 years have included momentous changes in Israel and throughout the region, including peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan that stand to this day. These events give me hope for a future in which Israel and all of its neighbors together benefit from a comprehensive, warm peace.”