President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was met with widespread violence along the Israeli-Palestinian border that left dozens of protesters dead and injured.
The embassy move was greeted with a mixed back of support and opposition. The world community (expectedly) denounced Trump’s decision, while Americans and Israelis for the most part, didn’t.
Democratic members of the U.S. Congress were visibly absent from the ceremony in Jerusalem, while a handful of their Republican colleagues attended the historic relocation of the embassy.
It wasn’t until after the ceremony concluded that only a few Democrats began to opine about moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Republicans like Reps. Ron DeSantis and Mario Diaz-Balart have been openly expressing their support.
Here is what Florida’s congressional delegation is saying about the new location of the U.S. embassy in Israel.
Opening embassy in #Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people & the State of Israel, symbolizes the enduring friendship btwn our nations. While I join Americans&Israelis in celebrating, I remain disappointed by the absence of a serious commitment to a 2-state solution.
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) May 14, 2018
In 1995, I voted in favor of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and committing the U.S. to relocating its embassy to the city. Jerusalem is, and always will be, the eternal capital of the Jewish people. https://t.co/w27IJBBLfu
— Alcee L. Hastings (@RepHastingsFL) May 14, 2018
The establishment of our embassy in Jerusalem fulfills long-standing US policy as enacted by the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. It was an honor to be there at this historic occasion! Thanks President Trump for being first president to honor his promise to establish this embassy. pic.twitter.com/LOiVGrIWyM
— Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) May 14, 2018
— Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) May 14, 2018