May 14, 2018

Menendez on Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

NEWARK – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement on the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

“The opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem is grounded in the conviction that the United States should recognize the historical Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Over two decades ago, U.S. law established the location of the U.S. Embassy in Israel, a law that I voted for.  This move was never a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when’.

“As the Israeli and U.S. governments, and Israeli and American people, celebrate the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, it is critical that the United States continue to reaffirm unequivocally that a peace process that leads to two states living side by side in peace, security, and prosperity is Israel’s best guarantor for enduring stability and peace.  The United States must continue to seek opportunities that facilitate a return to direct negotiations for Israel and the Palestinians.  I am confident that a U.S.-supported two-state solution would ensure that all people and faiths have access to the holy city of Jerusalem.”

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