Daytona Beach Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis is voicing his disappointment over President Donald Trump’s decision not to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Moving the embassy was one of the President’s foreign policy campaign promises last year and Israel one of the stops during his recent overseas trip to the Middle East and Europe.
“50 years ago, the liberation of Jerusalem during the Six Day War reunited the Jewish people with their historic capital city.” said DeSantis Israel’s stewardship of Jerusalem has been tremendous and has included guaranteeing religious freedom for Christians and Muslims as well as Jews — something that was nonexistent during the city’s Arab occupation. Yet, Israel is the only nation in the world where an American embassy is not located in its chosen capital city.”
During his trip to Israel, Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was well received. The President blasted a recent resolution from the United Nations not to recognize Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem.
The White House has said that the President still intends on pushing for the change of location in the future and that the timing of the move could determine whether the effort is successful.
DeSantis is a conservative favorite both in Washington and in the 6th District he represents here in Florida. He was able to garner over 100 signatures from his colleagues on a letter to the President approving the change.
“It is long past time that we rectify this error and locate our embassy in Jerusalem and it is deeply disappointing that the President has decided not to do so.” concluded DeSantis.