Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance: Jerusalem is the Eternal Capital of the Jewish State

May 14, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), co-chair of the Republican Israel Caucus, issued the following statement on the dedication of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem:

“Today is a historic day in our enduring friendship with the State of Israel and I hope a step toward peace in the Middle East.  The United States has now affirmed Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish State and the new home to the U.S.’s diplomatic efforts, sending a message to the world that we stand with our great ally.  Israel is the only country in the Middle East where those of the Jewish faith, Muslims, Christians and people of all faiths worship freely.  Our embassy belongs in Jerusalem and today the U.S followed through on its promise. 

“The United States should use this time to reaffirm our strong support for a two-state solution and an end to violence in the region.  I commend the Trump Administration for moving the embassy to Jerusalem, a promise that had been made by the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations.  I will work in Congress in support of peace and security.”

In January, Lance introduced the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act that would facilitate the relocation of the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.  The U.S. House and U.S. Senate have voted on three separate occasions to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

·  The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995

·  H. Con Res. 152 in 1997, which passed unanimously out of the House

·  And most recently, S.Res. 176, where Republicans and Democrats in the Senate voted unanimously just this past June in favor of the decision President Trump announced today.