Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Applauds President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

December 6, 2017
Press Release
McSally: America Is “Finally Fulfilling Our Promise and Formally Recognizing Israel’s Undivided Capital”

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Martha McSally today commended the President on his decision to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“By relocating our embassy to Jerusalem, President Trump is doing what our country should have done two decades ago: fulfill our promise to our ally and formally recognize the Jewish State of Israel’s undivided capital,” said Rep. McSally. “Jerusalem is our ally’s capital, so that’s where our embassy should be. I applaud the President’s decision, which sends a strong and clear message to the international community that we are beginning a new chapter in our alliance, one in which America keeps our promises towards Israel and doesn’t waffle about where our true allegiance lies. The era of reneged commitments is finally over.”

In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, a law requiring America to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or provide an explanation every six months outlining why doing so is not in the national security interests of the US. Since then, every president has exercised this waiver, citing national security interests.

Rep. McSally is a cosponsor of legislation introduced by her Arizona colleague, Congressman Franks, that would not only require the U.S. to relocate the embassy by 2019 but also to recognize the sovereign status of an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eliminate executive authority to waive funding limitations until the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem has officially opened.

Since day one in Congress, McSally has worked to strengthen U.S. support for Israel. Not only has she personally visited Israel to hear first-hand from top Israeli and Palestinian officials about the region’s most pressing national security issues,  she also introduced a resolution expressing solidarity with the Israeli people, authored legislation to prevent the discrimination of Israeli-produced goods, and advocated for increased missile defense spending for Israel throughout the national defense authorization process—including the Iron Dome weapons system. Her state and district play a vital role in the alliance. David’s Sling, a missile defense system that is a major technology upgrade for the small country was co-developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense contractor, Raytheon, which is located Tucson, Arizona.