Blumenthal Statement on Reported Trump Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel later this week.

“Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and I’ve strongly supported acknowledging that simple fact,” said Blumenthal. “My hope is that the President’s announcement of his recognition of Jerusalem will be followed by meaningful steps to advance the peace process, including secure borders for Israel and a two-state solution.”

During the previous Congress, Blumenthal authored a bipartisan Senate resolution that directly acknowledged Jerusalem as the “undivided capital of Israel.” The resolution also expressed solidarity with Israel and condemned Palestinian terrorist attacks. It passed the Senate by unanimous consent in November 2015 with 68 cosponsors.