President Trump signing the order that now says the United States recognizes that Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel. And eventually the U.S. will move it’s embassy there from Tel Aviv. Reaction from West Virginia was swift.
“Well what I think we are saying to a strong partner is that your homeland and the birth of your religion or at least the core of your religion in Jerusalem – I was just there in August – is very important,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, (R) West Virginia.
“The de facto capitol of Israel is Jerusalem. The Knesset which is Israel’s parliament, as well as the Prime Minister’s office, as well as his residency, is there,” said Rabbi Victor Urecki, B’nai Jacob Synagogue.
But the rabbi is worried about heightened tensions in the region.
“Our major concerns right now are Iran. Iran is the biggest problem that we face in the Middle East. It is creating tension throughout the entire Middle East,” said Rabbi Urecki.
There have already been protests over the move in the Middle East. Members of the Islamic Association of West Virginia worry there could be more violence overseas.
“In the Muslim world, particularly in the Middle East it will have a negative connotation and may cause more instability in the region… So it is certainly not helping peace,” said Dr. Badshah Wazir President of the Islamic Association of West Virginia.
“People on both sides of the debate say it will be critical to watch if other nations recognize Jerusalem and move their embassies, too,” said Mark Curtis, Chief Political Reporter.