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Senator Corker issues statement applauding President Trump's Jerusalem announcement

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump made an announcement formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker released a statement of solidarity with President Trump's initiative (Image: Sen. Bob Corker)

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump made an announcement formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker released a statement of solidarity with President Trump's initiative:

“Today’s announcement recognizes what has been true for almost 70 years, namely that Jerusalem is Israel’s seat of government. On a bipartisan basis, Congress has repeatedly voted overwhelmingly to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and I applaud the president’s initiative in making this a reality. Maintaining a close working relationship with our regional partners and ensuring the security of our embassy personnel and facilities will be critical as the administration takes steps to operationalize this decision, and I look forward to working with them toward that end.”

Despite urgent appeals from Arab and European leaders and the risk of anti-American protests and violence, Trump declared it was time for a new approach to Mideast peace after decades of failure. Calling Jerusalem Israel's capital, he argued, was merely recognizing the obvious.

In a video posted to Twitter Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Trump for his “courageous and just decision,” stating, “There is no peace that doesn’t include Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

Trump claims that recognizing Jerusalem would “advance the peace process,” but some Arab and Muslim leaders have predicted the decision will hinder any efforts to negotiate peace between Israel and Palestine.

"There is no way that there can be talks with the Americans. The peace process is finished. They have already pre-empted the outcome," a Palestinian official said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

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