Local Leaders Respond To President Trump Announcing Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital

CHARLOTTE, NC — Local leaders are speaking out on both sides of the argument after President Donald Trump formally declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel Wednesday.

The White House now says that the president’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could disrupt the peace process in Palestine.

The move also begins the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking decades of US foreign policy.

Local faith leaders throughout the Charlotte community began speaking out Wednesday, with many warning that President Trump’s decision could lead to more violence in the Middle East.

Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger tells WCCB Charlotte, “Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital since the time of King David. Jerusalem’s legislature and courts are in Jerusalem. Why should we continue to pretend otherwise?”

Pittenger goes on to say, “Would we be okay with other countries insisting our capital was somewhere other than Washington? President Trump’s common sense decision is grounded in reality.”