Butterfield Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Dec 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem:

“President Donald Trump’s decision is reckless.  It runs counter to nearly seven decades of U.S. policy and puts the stability of the entire region in serious jeopardy.  It also creates greater security concerns for American travelers and diplomats in the region and increases the possibility of violence against our ally, Israel.

“This move by the president is purposefully provocative.  It will severely harm future U.S. efforts to bring about a negotiated settlement for a peaceful and lasting two state solution.  It does nothing to further U.S. foreign policy in the region or improve U.S. national security or the security of our ally, Israel.  In fact, I believe his decision could incite violence and endanger lives.”