Upon reviewing the decision handed down this week by the Supreme Court in the case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry, co-Chair of the Israel Allies Caucus, Representative Trent Franks, issued a statement claiming that President Obama has done all “he can to diminish the standing of Israel since he walked into office.”
Representative Matt Salom said that while the Supreme Court’s decision “preserves the President’s power of recognition, it also highlights yet another failure on the part of this administration’s foreign policy.”
“The President’s abject refusal to recognize Jerusalem as being under Israel’s jurisdiction denies Israel its capital and Americans the right to have their birthplaces accurately described.”
Franks said the truth was “sad and unfortunate.” He claimed that the truth was that the Obama administration, “ever willing to bend over backwards in nuclear talks with the Iranian regime, is sending mixed and extremely dangerous messages to the rest of the world about our relationship with Israel. The President refuses to reflect the unified American voice that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.”
“Congress has been placed in the very uncomfortable position of having to confirm to the world who our allies are, since this President refuses to do so himself. When I introduced the Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel Act, my goal was to hold the President to his own words that, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” The President has made a habit of misleading the American people and his support of an undivided Jerusalem is no different.” continued Franks.
“One of the most important ways America can send a strong signal to the world that there is no space between us and Israel is to transfer our Embassy to an existing consulate in Jerusalem. Let the President once and for all make it clear that the United States officially and unequivocally recognizes Jerusalem as the undivided capital city of the state of Israel,” stated Franks.
“Officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not solely an act of Executive power, it is the noble act of courage and justice that comports who we are as Americans. We have assisted the Jewish people in restoring their ancient state. We must now act and recognize her restored ancient city, Jerusalem,” concluded Franks.