U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today issued the following statement on the president’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel:

“Israel has been a reliable and valuable partner to the United States in a volatile region. For nearly seven decades, Jerusalem has been recognized as the capital of Israel and the seat of its democratic institutions. Two decades ago, Congress passed bipartisan legislation recognizing the same reality. Today’s news solidifies that the United States is steadfast in our commitment to Israel. As we start the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, we must ensure the safety of our diplomatic corps. If we continue to work closely with Israel and with our other regional partners, the United States can be a catalyst for a lasting peace in the Middle East.”

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