Democratic support for a united Jerusalem

- January 23, 2017



Barack Obama, 2008: “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”


Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), 2013: “It is long overdue for the US government to relocate our embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. Congress overwhelmingly passed legislation to move the US embassy to Jerusalem in 1995. It is time to follow through on our commitment.”,7340,L-4413161,00.html


Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), 2013: “As an ardent supporter of our greatest ally in the region, I believe that transferring our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will reaffirm our commitment to the state of Israel. As a continuation of over 3,000 years of Jewish history, Jerusalem must remain the undivided and eternal capital of Israel.",7340,L-4413161,00.html


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), 2012: "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."


Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), 2012: “I am glad to see we revisited our party platform to make it absolutely clear that the Democratic Party believes Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city.”


Rep. David Cicilline (D- R.I.): “David supports moving the U.S. Embassy to Israel's capital, Jerusalem. Jerusalem must be recognized as Israel’s capital. Israel must be recognized as a Jewish state.”

In 2007, Hillary Clinton released a position paper calling for “an undivided Jerusalem” as Israel’s capital.


Sen. Ben Cardin, 2010: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is right to call the current uproar over planning for new construction in East Jerusalem 'overblown.' Jerusalem is the undivided capital of the State of Israel. This episode seems to be yet another excuse for the Palestinian Authority to delay returning to negotiations toward a real two-state solution and peace agreement. Israel has been a ready and willing partner to continue direct negotiation. It is time for President Abbas to come back to the negotiating table."


In January 2011, members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter asking the Obama administration to veto any anti-Israel resolution at the UN. In the letter, they refer to Jerusalem as “Israel’s undivided capital.” Democrats who signed the letter included Steny Hoyer (D-Md., the House Democratic Whip), Howard Berman (D-Calif.), and Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.). http://archives.republic


The Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2011 states that it is U.S. policy to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel. The 12 Democratic cosponsors were Ted Deutch (D-Fl.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Steven Rothman (D-N.J.), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), Robert Brady (D-P.A.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Tim Holden (D-P.A.), Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), Heath Shuler (D-NC)

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