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CT’s Senators Remain Divided on Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

December 7, 2017 By Staff
CT’s Senators Remain Divided on Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

The U.S. has officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Connecticut’s senators remain divided on President Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, their views outlined in a recent CT Mirror article.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) issued a press release outlining his concerns with the move, saying:

“President Trump’s decision was made without fully considering the political and security implications, and will further set back any hope of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) supported the move in his press release, saying “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and I’ve strongly supported acknowledging that simple fact.”

As Palestinian anger erupts over Trump’s Jerusalem stance, it’s important to note the history of promises U.S. politicians have made on Jerusalem and the U.S.’s embassy there.

  • In 1992, over 25 years ago, President Bill Clinton said during the Democratic primaries “that he supported recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”
  • In 1999, Hillary Clinton called Jerusalem the “eternal and indivisible capital of Israel”
  • During his 2000 election campaign, George W. Bush “clearly promised to move the embassy” to Jerusalem
  • In 2008, during a CNN Interview, John McCain promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “right away” if he was president, adding “I’ve been committed to that proposition for years”
  • In 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), while speaking to members of the pro-Israel lobby, pledged “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided”
  • In 2012, then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney said “A nation can choose its own capital city, and Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” when asked about the U.S.’s embassy in Israel

In 2017, President Trump granted U.S. recognition to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, keeping with a campaign promise he made in an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

At the moment it seems neither Senator Blumenthal or Chirs Murphy will be running for president in 2020, but it’s no doubt that Israel and its newly recognized capital Jerusalem will be a hot-button campaign issue.