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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  1. Of course what is true is true. What is also true is that we are in galus. Should our enemies be provoked? Should even one Jew suffer r”l because of this, it is not worth it. H’ yerachaim.

  2. rt (#1), stop thinking small minded satmar style. –

    Terrorism will continue regardless as long as they see we’re bullied by it. As long as nations buckle to violence it will continue. They way to stop it is ONLY by doing the right thing and with Hashems help fighting back. – סוס מוכן ליום מלחמה ולה’ התשועה

  3. I wish they would teach proper Hashkafah in ישיבות…

    This is not Zionism. Just because we’re apposed to Zionism doesn’t mean they’re always wrong. This is good for SECURITY REASONS. Just look at the last 30 years – the more we’re afraid of their violence and buckle the more they advance.

    Now, of course this doesn’t mean we should be provocative. But to bend out of the way being the only capital in the world not recognized, just not to offend – is really entering negotiations with your hand tied up – to negotiate with killers…

  4. rt,
    Do you think it’s a possibility of Lev Melachim Byad Hashem, and it’s a message from the Almighty?
    And if chas veshalom a Jew should suffer, it’s a better than even chance it’s rather from the machlokeses, chillul Hashem, and other such petty sins . By being Jews, we’ve already provoked our enemies. What has Oslo , return of Gaza, etc., when we surrendered rather than provoked, gotten us? What has the Dem Jewish , Obama kissers, gotten them except a UN resolution calling Jerusalem, including the Kotel, occupied?

  5. rt, where were you when your deity Obama rewarded Iran with nukes and gave them $$$ billions? your concerns about “even one Jew suffer” smells with genuine hypocrisy .