STATEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE DANNY K. DAVIS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING JERUSALEM

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December 6, 2017
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Any heavy-handed attempt by President Trump to unilaterally move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem or preemptively recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would be a reckless, destabilizing and dangerous reversal of long standing U.S. policy.  The question of Palestinian statehood continues to occupy a central place in the Mideast and the final status of Jerusalem is intimately linked to resolution of that question.   If we have learned anything from decades of bloody, destructive conflict it is that the path to peace in the region cannot be designed or imposed from outside but must come from a negotiated agreement of the parties. 

This administration has repeatedly belittled, minimized and depreciated the role of diplomacy and face-to-face negotiations in favor of bellicose and unilateral actions based on sloganeering and threats of military force.  The consequences of such a foreign policy will only further reduce our security and the security of our allies.  The final status of Jerusalem should be, must be, determined by a diplomatic process led by the parties, supported by the U.S. and other relevant nations and recognizing the legitimate rights of all parties and the need to guarantee security and sustainability for all parties.  

Congressman Davis is the Ranking Member of the Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee