Statement of Agudath Israel of America Regarding President Trump’s Acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

Israel is a sovereign state. Sovereign states have every right to determine where their capitals are. Israel has designated Jerusalem as its capital. Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s national government. Yet nations of the world refuse to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is nothing less than a travesty.

The United States of America is Israel’s closest ally. For years its political leaders have acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Indeed, in 1995 Congress passed “The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995,” which explicitly establishes the position of the United States that “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel,” and requires that the American Embassy in Israel be moved to Jerusalem. President Trump’s welcome announcement today reaffirms that longstanding commitment, and deserves to be warmly commended.

To us, as believing Jews, the special status of Jerusalem is not dependent upon the formal recognition of governments or the nations of the world. To us, Yerushalayim is the Ir Hakodesh, the holy city, the place where the Holy Temples stood thousands of years ago, the place that has been in the prayers and hearts of the Jewish people wherever they may have been through their long years of exile, the place that has been our glorious history and will forever remain our ultimate destiny.


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There are 6 Comments to "Statement of Agudath Israel of America Regarding President Trump’s Acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel"

  • Berel says:

    President Trump Your an Amazing Leader finally Recoognizing Yerushalayim as Israel’s Capital!! You have succeeded where so many others have failed. Kol Hakovod To President Trump ????????

  • Rabbi says:

    Oy, Berel, you missed the point of this statement. Read the last paragraph again.

  • Menashe says:

    To us as believing Jews, the kedusha of Eretz Yisroel & Yerusheliem has NOTHING to do with the capital of Israel!
    I don’t believe that the Chofetz Chaim or Reb Chaim Ozer would have endorsed this statement that you put out. let’s remember we are as you said ‘believing Jews’.

  • Yitzchack says:

    It’s a beautiful thing to see the most powerful man in the world recognize the capital in which we all believe IS are capital. Baruch Hashem we have a good shliach in the white house. Please note that if this decision backfires on any jewish sole, the whole thing was definitely not worth while.

  • Phd says:

    Yitzchok don’t kid yourself he’s not the most powerful man in the world:) Maybe Obama was he did whatever he wanted and nobody was brave enough to stand up to him. However it’s not the case here!!

  • Lessor says:

    Menashe, Of course, neither the Chofetz chaim nor Reb Chaim Ozer lived in today’s reality with an established Jewish State of Israel. Making blanket statements as to how they would have reacted is ridiculous.

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