Murphy, Blumenthal Split On Jerusalem

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Washington – Connecticut’s Democratic U.S. senators — who have often spoken as one voice on controversial issues since Donald Trump’s election — differed over the president’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of U.S. foreign policy.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., supported the move, which sets in motion a process to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to a city that’s considered a holy site by Muslims and Christians as well as Jews.

“Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and I’ve strongly supported acknowledging that simple fact,” said Blumenthal.

Blumenthal also sponsored a resolution in the last Congress that acknowledged Jerusalem as the “undivided capital of Israel.”

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said, “Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of the state of Israel,” but said he continued to believe “that we should recognize it as such and move our embassy there when the time is right as part of a comprehensive peace agreement.”

Murphy also said he is “concerned that President Trump’s decision was made without fully considering the political and security implications.”

In making his announcement Wednesday in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Trump fulfilled a campaign promise that was important to many of his evangelical and Jewish supporters.

“Today we finally acknowledge the obvious — that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Trump said.

In a statement, Blumenthal said he hoped the president’s announced recognition of Jerusalem “will be followed by meaningful steps to advance the peace process, including secure borders for Israel and a two-state solution.”

But Murphy said he is concerned the step Trump took “will further set back any hope of a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

“If we mess this up, it could lead to violence in Israel and across the Middle East, put American diplomats in harm’s way and jeopardize the fragile regional partnerships we have in our fight against ISIS,” Murphy said.

Trump’s announcement was supported by many GOP lawmakers, but not all of them.

Sen. John McCain said, “Issues surrounding the final and permanent status of Jerusalem must ultimately be resolved by Israelis and Palestinians as part of an internationally supported peace process.”

“That is why today’s policy announcement, as well as any future relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, should be part of a comprehensive diplomatic strategy in coordination with regional partners to achieve peace and security between Israelis and Palestinians,” McCain said.

Most resistance to Trump’s announcement came from Democrats.

“The President’s irresponsible decision to move our nation’s embassy to Jerusalem goes against decades of bipartisan American foreign policy and will likely increase tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, instead of moving us toward a lasting peace agreement,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District.

DeLauro called the bond between the United States and Israel “unshakable,” but, she said, “Peace is only attainable if the United States fully engages diplomatically as an honest broker between the Israelis and Palestinians with the goal of creating a comprehensive and durable two-state solution.”

This story originally appeared in the CT Mirror.

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posted by: THREEFIFTHS on December 7, 2017  5:37pm

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and I’ve strongly supported acknowledging that simple fact,” said Blumenthal..Blumenthal also sponsored a resolution in the last Congress that acknowledged Jerusalem as the “undivided capital of Israel.”

“There can’t be peace, even though I know how painful this is, without recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of two States and guaranteed freedom of access to the Holy Places for all the religions. There can’t be peace without a border negotiated on the basis of the 1967 agreement and exchanges of territory making it possible to build two viable States.”
Nicolas Sarkozy


Also from what I read in history. How is that when According to the Hebrew Bible, the territory of the Kingdom of Israel comprised the territories of the tribes of Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, Dan, Manasseh, Ephraim, Reuben and Gad. Its capital was Samaria according to the Book of Isaiah?

posted by: the1king on December 7, 2017  8:20pm

If President Obama did this the democraps would be praising him.  The last few presidents said they would do it and lied. So all those senator’s and House members are hypocrites.  It’s only because Trump did it.  It won’t affect the peace process, because it is very easy to have peace stop killing the Jewish people, that’s a good start.

posted by: Christopher Schaefer on December 8, 2017  8:04am

DeLauro: We need a “durable two-state solution”. Which is an oxymoron.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on December 8, 2017  9:08am

posted by: the1king on December 7, 2017 8:20pm

It’s only because Trump did it.  It won’t affect the peace process, because it is very easy to have peace stop killing the Jewish people, that’s a good start.

The killing is coming from both sides. Also how come no one talks about this.

Separate, but not equal treatment plagues Israel’s Ethiopian Jews
Special programs targeting immigrant community have led to segregation, not integration, say academics and activists.

The protests were touched off by a video of a black Israeli soldier being beaten by police, but while the trigger for the protests was the attack, the demonstrators say they were brought into the streets by pervasive racism and discrimination resulting from their ongoing segregation from general Israeli society.In explaining her community’s grievances, Birsaw cited the unsolved death of Yosef Salamsa.Birsaw said police officers “attacked” Salamsa, a young Ethiopian Israeli, in Zichron Yaakov in March 2014. He was never investigated or charged with any crime. But a video of a recent seemingly unprovoked assault on Ethiopian-born IDF soldier Damas Pakada by an Israeli police officer and a police volunteer has inflamed their antipathy and launched violent protests throughout Israel.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/separate-but-not-equal-treatment-for-israels-ethiopian-jews/