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Daily Israel Report

Israel Allies Foundation to US: Recognize Jerusalem as Capital

Israel supporters met in Washington, D.C. and urged the U.S. to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 6/8/2012, 5:10 PM

Waving Israeli flags in front of Kotel
Waving Israeli flags in front of Kotel
Reuters

Members of the International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation met in Washington, D.C., this week and called on the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, CBN News reported.

Several Jewish and Christian leaders, as well as pro-Israel lawmakers, attended the group's Jerusalem Day celebration on Capitol Hill, which took place on Wednesday.

Representative Allen West (R-FL) asserted that, "Jerusalem is the rightful capital of the Jewish people, and it should stay that way."

"It should always be unified under one simple flag, that star of David, because that is David's city,” he said.

"We have to be Israel's friend, and I would implore this president, who I just believe in my heart is not Israel's friend, to have a change of heart," Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill) told CBN News.

Legislation was passed on Capitol Hill in 1995 calling for the U.S. Embassy in Israel to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Seventeen years later and that still has not happened.  

Successive administrations, from President Clinton to President Obama, have used a waiver to delay that decision and keep the Embassy in Tel Aviv. 

"For us, the greatest country in the world, the United States of America, the greatest country the world has ever known, to be fearful of moving our embassy to Jerusalem, in my opinion, is a disgrace and we need to do that and do that right now," GOP Florida Senate candidate Dave Weldon said. 

"They don't need Jerusalem," said Rabbi Benny Elon, President of the Israel Allies Caucus. "They just want to make sure that we, the Jews, shall not have it."