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Democrats Have Backed Trump’s Jerusalem Move for Decades

Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton are just a few prominent Democrats who endorsed the idea of identifying Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

By NTK Staff | 12.06.2017 @6:00pm
Democrats Have Backed Trump’s Jerusalem Move for Decades

Liberals reacted strongly Wednesday when President Trump declared his intention to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the country’s true capital, but prominent Democrats have supported the move for decades.

President Obama, former Secretary of State Clinton, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) all have supported the idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital at one time or another.

When running for president in 2008, Obama declared the he believed Jerusalem should “remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” However, through eight years of his presidency, Obama did nothing to achieve U.S. recognition of Israel’s capital.

And Obama’s 2008 primary opponent (Trump’s 2016 rival), Hillary Clinton, also promised to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

As recently as October, Schumer called for Trump to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in a press release:

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, yet with 2018 fast approaching, the U.S. still hasn’t moved the embassy or made clear its commitment to Israel’s capital,’ said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. ‘President Trump’s recent comments suggest his indecisiveness on the embassy’s relocation. As someone who strongly believes that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel, I am calling for the U.S. Embassy in Israel to be relocated to Jerusalem. Moving the embassy as soon as possible would appropriately commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification and show the world that the U.S. definitively acknowledges Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In addition to the party’s current and past leaders, possible 2020 candidates have endorsed the idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

When the Democratic Party omitted language that identitifed Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in a draft of their party platform, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) criticized the decision. Gillibrand told reporters that she “disagree[d]” with the omission, and Booker said that recognizing Israel’s capital as Jerusalem was “not a controversial issue.”

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