A delegation of more than 100 members of Congress wrote to President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, urging him to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem “as soon as you take office,” according to correspondence obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
The lawmakers wrote to back Trump’s campaign pledge to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a policy shift the Obama administration has opposed.
The letter comes days before Trump is to take office. It follows a series of United Nations resolutions supported by the Obama administration condemning Israel for building homes in Jerusalem neighborhoods.
The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), urges Trump to send a message to the world that the United States views Jerusalem as “the eternal capital of the Jewish people,” according to the missive.
“Israel is one of the United States’ closest allies and stands alone in the Middle East for its commitment to democratic ideals. Moving the embassy will strengthen the unique alliance between Israel and the United States and send a clear message to the world that we support Israel in recognizing Jerusalem as its eternal capital,” they write.
Lawmakers recently introduced new legislation to pressure the White House into finally moving the embassy. The bill would withhold some State Department funds until the embassy is relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (freebeacon.com)