Hastings’ Statement on the Opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement marking the formal opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem:
“In 1995, I voted in favor of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and committing the United States to relocating its embassy to the city. Jerusalem is, and always will be, the eternal capital of the Jewish people.
“While I am pleased to see this commitment come to fruition, I remain concerned about its impact on the security of our embassies and consulates throughout the world.
“Israel is our closest ally, and we cannot lose sight of the immense challenges the Israeli people face on a daily basis. Israel’s security must remain foremost in our bilateral partnership.
“The United States must continue to play a leading role in mediating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and support a two-state solution that provides for peace, security, and mutual recognition for both the Israeli and Palestinian people.
“The relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem must not distract from this critical issue.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.