Rep. Chip Roy Discusses Two Year Anniversary Of U.S. Acknowledging Jerusalem As Capitol Of Israel

December 6, 2019
Press Release

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Two Years Ago Today, President Trump said this in the Diplomatic Room in the White House: “Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.” “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”

Since that time, the embassy was moved.

I was privileged to join many of my colleagues to visit the new embassy this past August.

There we stood – Democrats and Republicans – looking at a border with Lebanon where Hezbollah has 150,000 rockets pointing at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.  We went near, but too close, to Gaza – where rockets are being fired at Israel despite Israel’s good faith voluntary withdrawal from there in 2005. Balloons are being sent over to burn fields.

Despite Israel's good-faith volunteer you are tear -- voluntary withdrawal but thank the Lord that United States stands with Israel.

It yields results for our national security and for the great benefit of Israel, a true ally, a true democracy where everyone lives together and rights are protect and they live peacefully. Honduras announced recognition of Jerusalem a few months a> For the first time, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Brazil and Colombia voted against the annual resolution supporting the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat, which oversees the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. Those countries previously had abstained on the vote.

But rather than standing with Israel in a bipartisan basis ... Our Democrat colleagues are pushing H.Res.326 – A liberal, progressive retreat from standing with Israel and a move to have our nation tell Israel what to do.

This spells out specific Palestinian demands without listing Israel preconditions which is living in two states and providing assurances for Israel's safety and security through a demilitarized zone.

The resolution chooses to reference President Obama's policy announced after the November 2016 election, while intentionally leaving out the trump administration's policy. This resolution is a politically motivated exercise designed to undermine the policy of the Trump administration. The right policy, announced in November, that settlements not be considered a violation of international law. This resolution disproportionately criticized the Israeli government while failing to recognize the dangerous actions that further remove the possibility of peace it this resolution binds the US government and calls for Israel to only pursue a two-state solution. This is wrong.

We should not bind ourselves and our allies, a sovereign nation with equal standing ... to one solution that's been a failed battle cry because Palestinians have perpetually failed to go to the peace table.

Peace begins and ends with complete and recognition for Israel's right to exist and it's up to Israel to decide how and in what way a solution might be reached, whether it's two states or otherwise.

The rich history of Israel is increasingly known and celebrated by the world. It's a great and vibrant nation. As we head into this celebratory season, by respective faiths, let us celebrate Israel together, its greatness, and remember that America stands with them.

Robert Donachie | Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) 

Communications Director

1319 Longworth House Office Building | Washington, DC  20515

Robert.donachie@mail.house.gov