Four Republican US Senators addressed members of the press at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem just hours before the official relocation of the US embassy. Democrats were a no-show at this historic event.
No one was officially invited on either side of the political aisle. However, various members invited all Congress members including Democrats. The Democratic leadership blocked any Dems from attending. One Israeli news outlet has reported that Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch (FL) was part of the American delegation attending the dedication ceremony. But that has not been confirmed yet.
Not correct. Every member of Congress was invited through the congressional delegation (codel) of congress member Joe Wilson who opened his codel to any member who wanted to come. People involved in the process blame the democratic leadership of congress blocked its members https://t.co/7PKqEE6RPn
— Ariel Kahana (@arik3000) May 14, 2018
From Legal Insurrection:
The move, widely regarded as historic and “momentous” for Israel and the Jewish people, will coincide with the anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence 70 years ago on the Gregorian calendar. It also comes one day after Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim), which marks the reunification of the city during the 1967 Six Day War, and the return of Jewish heritage and holy sites to Jewish sovereignty.
In moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, President Trump isn’t just fulfilling another campaign promise. The reality is that he’s correcting a historic wrong done to an ally—and is also honoring the will of the American people.
Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dean Heller (R-NV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mike Lee (R-UT) made the trip, along with ten Republican US Representatives invited by Joe Wilson, but not one Democrat joined the US delegation for the embassy event. Only former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who used to be a Democrat came to Jerusalem to join in the celebration. Shameful. Chuck Schumer did commend President Trump after the celebration began. But he did not attend.
When President Trump announced the US would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Democrats blasted the decision, despite past support for Jerusalem to be recognized as Israel’s capital. The Democratic Party has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in each of its last four party platforms.
Two separate journalists asked the Republicans why no Democrats came for the historic opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Sen. Cruz said: “That is a sad, sad manifestation — I wish we had every member of Congress here … every member of Congress had the option before them to come.” Sen. Graham said that no one, Republican or Democrat, had been specifically invited to the ceremony. Those attending simply chose to come or not. And he noted that only Republicans had come of their own volition.
“I would just assume that the Republicans who didn’t come had [scheduling] conflicts. But I am disappointed that not one Democrat came,” Graham said. “What does that say? It’s not for me to tell you what that says. It hurts me. Because I work across the aisle on a regular basis. I think it was a mistake, because there’s too much going on in this region.”
Graham noted that the absence of Democrats sent a dangerous message that Americans were not united in their support for Israel. That’s because they aren’t. Most on the left are anti-Semites… even those that are Jewish it would seem. “There’s too much going on in this region to send mixed signals,” he said. Except the signals aren’t mixed, Lindsey. They are as clear as eternity.
Leiberman said in regards to Dems not showing, “I’m not disappointed, but I’m surprised, because support for it has been broadly bipartisan.” Actions speak louder than words though, don’t they? He recalled: “I was part of the group that worked to pass the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995. There was Bob Dole and John Kyl on the Republican side, and myself and Pat Moynihan on the Democratic side, and it got 95 votes. That was another time and less hateful days for sure. “I don’t want there to be a misimpression that this is a partisan act. And I would hope that Democrats understand that this is not a pro-Trump rally. It is a pro-U.S.-Israel partnership, alliance rally.” But hate trumps all it would seem.
Graham observed that the partisan divide over Israel seemed to have grown deeper since President Barack Obama signed the Iran deal, over the objections of Republicans and the Israeli government. Bingo. Sen. Lee noted that the Iran deal had lacked the consent of the American people. “There was no backup for this deal, not to the degree contemplated under the Constitution. Shame on them for not submitting it to the Senate … We had no business entering into an agreement like that, with that many ramifications, without the Senate backing it up.” Slow clap for Senator Lee.
Lee praised President Trump’s courage in deciding to move the embassy, as did Sen. Heller (who I am proud of by the way – at least for today). “Except for President Trump … and his promises made and promises kept during the last campaign, we wouldn’t be here today,” Heller said. Ted Cruz praised Trump and compared his decision to that of President Harry S. Truman — a Democrat — in recognizing Israel 70 years ago, 11 minutes after it declared independence.
Graham voiced agreement after that statement, calling the President’s decision to move the embassy a “strong, bold move, not just by the President but by the American people.” “[Trump] has a new way about him,” Graham added. He’s not stuck into the swamp, for lack of a better word. If you have a problem with Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, I tell people in South Carolina somewhat jokingly, take it up with God,” he said.
When Graham was asked how the embassy move served American interests, he said, “In a time of great turmoil and doubt, where the region in fracturing in many fissures, this is a certain statement that I think will give the region more certainty about who America is. Look at this as the cavalry coming in a symbolic and substantive way.” Cruz added: “By moving the embassy America simultaneously makes clear that we are willing to stand with our friends … and stand up to our enemies.” Yes, it does. Finally, someone developed a set after all.
Asked whether he was concerned about threats of violence by Palestinians, Cruz quipped: “It is not as if the terrorists need an excuse.” He added that “Israel is more than ready for peace … The impediment to peace is Palestinian leadership that refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, and continues to embrace and celebrate terrorism.” And there is the truth of all of this as dozens of Palestinians have died so far today and there will be many more to come.
You don’t have to agree with everything President Trump says or does to support and to be “deeply grateful” about his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Today is a glorious day and I will drink a toast to Israel and her true and rightful capital of Jerusalem.
— orli sagi (@SagiOrli) May 13, 2018
I am honored to join the delegation representing @POTUS, his Admin & the American people at this momentous ceremony commemorating the opening of our new US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. We will pray for the boundless potential of the US-Israel alliance & we will pray for peace. pic.twitter.com/ulYbJAfTcL
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 12, 2018
It's time to set the record straight! This is an historic event that will correct injustice and advance a real #peace. Threats of #terror must never deter us from doing what is right.https://t.co/Ytd4XN5aFQ
— גלעד ארדן (@giladerdan1) May 11, 2018
— Mayor Nir Barkat (@NirBarkat) May 13, 2018
.@StateDept is proud to announce that @usembassyjlm will be dedicated on May 14. @USAmbIsrael Friedman will preside over the dedication ceremony & Deputy Secretary Sullivan will lead the Presidential Delegation to the historic opening. https://t.co/sZbY54wpqB #USEmbassyJerusalem pic.twitter.com/CFO9iXUOxn
— Department of State (@StateDept) May 12, 2018
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