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GJF Reaffirms Statement by JFNA - White House Announcement on Jerusalem
Published December 6, 2017
The Greensboro Jewish Federation reaffirms this statement made by our national Jewish Federations of North America organization with regard to President Trump’s announcement today:
Today, President Trump announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Following his announcement, The Jewish Federations of North America said the following:
“Today, the U.S. administration announced a plan to move the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, honoring a bipartisan commitment made over 20 years ago in the Jerusalem Embassy Act. The U.S. administration also proclaimed its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Jewish Federations of North America welcomes this decision, as it upholds our long-standing policy. We also welcome the affirmation of a two-state future negotiated between the parties in which Israelis and Palestinians live side by side with secure and recognized borders.”
Below is some additional background information.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is law. However, because presidents have claimed a waiver on the grounds of national security — the Act includes a provision that gives the president waiver authority to suspend the cutting of some funds to the State Department, as outlined in the text of the Act, “if he determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States” — the Act has yet to be implemented. Presidents have also thought the Act itself was a constitutional issue, viewing it as a congressional infringement on the executive branch's constitutional authority over foreign policy.
For additional information, please read The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Dr. Rob Satloff’s written analysis on the topic. http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/uploads/Documents/pubs/Transition2017-Embassy-FINAL.pdf
JFNA is actively engaged with all the US communities affected by the various hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, Maria and those yet to come). Our partner, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is working with the other island nations, as well as in Mexico following the earthquakes.
To learn more or donate to these efforts, click here.
The Greensboro Jewish Federation issued a statement on February 17, 2017, opposing the recent executive order that would have closed our nation's doors to refugees from predominately Muslim countries. Full statement here.
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