On May 15, the Israel: Seventy and Strong Summit culminated in a Jerusalem Day celebration of the reunification of Israel’s capital city and the movement of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. The event was cohosted by the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) and the American Christian Leaders for Israel.
“For the past six years the IAF has hosted a Jerusalem Day celebration on Capitol Hill in commemoration of the reunification of the city under Israeli sovereignty,” remarked Jordanna McMillan, IAF’s Director of Outreach and Communications. “Every year dozens of Members of Congress have called on the sitting President to move our Embassy to Jerusalem in keeping with US law. Today we celebrate what we have long known as fact—that Jerusalem has only ever been the capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Now US policy reflects that reality. We thank President Trump for keeping his promise, and a promise the United States made over 20 years ago, by moving our Embassy to its rightful location.”
Since its founding in 2007, Israel Allies Foundation has worked closely with elected officials in the United States, Canada, and dozens of European governments, as well as the European Parliament, numerous African countries, and across Latin America to educate legislators about the importance of an indivisible Jerusalem and the significance of Jerusalem as Israel’s recognized capital. A significant part of this education has included urging international and US legislators to move their embassies to Jerusalem.
To celebrate the Embassy move in the US capitol, Representatives Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), and Keith Rothfus (R-PA) spoke along with, Itai Bar Dov, Spokesperson of the Embassy of Israel; Jordanna McMillan, IAF Director of Outreach and Communications; Saleem Shalash, an Israeli Arab pastor from Home of Jesus the King Church in Nazareth; and David Parsons, VP of the ICEJ and one of the original drafters of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 spoke at the event.