Does Congressman O’Rourke Identify Jerusalem as Israel’s Rightful Capital?

Press Releases|5.14.18

Past Support for UNSC Res. 2334 Indicates O’Rourke Opposition to U.S Embassy Opening in Jerusalem

HOUSTON, Texas — Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was in Israel to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, a long overdue recognition by the United States that Jerusalem is indeed the rightful and eternal capital of Israel. Yet Congressman Beto O’Rourke has been completely silent about the historic occasion.

In fact, O’Rourke’s previous Congressional voting record indicates he opposed a resolution in the U.S. House that objected to a United Nations measure, UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which undermined the United States’ support for Israel. The UN resolution namely contributed to the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement to facilitate the boycott of Israel’s economy and ignored Israel’s sovereignty of its own borders.

“Congressman Beto O’Rourke should let Texans know whether he, in fact, recognizes Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel – as Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer did earlier today – or whether his silence is just his latest, troublesome position on Israel-U.S. relations, which have included opposition to funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense, support of President Obama’s bad Iran nuclear deal, and boycott of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress in 2015,” said Cruz spokesperson Catherine Frazier. “He should also clarify whether he indeed supports UN resolutions, like UNSC 2334, that ignore Israel’s sovereign borders and facilitate the BDS movement to undermine Israel’s economy.”

In 2017, the House of Representatives passed a resolution opposing UNSC 2334. Congressman O’Rourke voted against that resolution, indicating his support for the UN resolution, which contained a number of problematic measures that undermined the United States’ strong support for Israel – specifically, departing from longstanding U.S. policy in support of Israel, propping up the BDS movement against Israel, and refusing to acknowledge Jerusalem as sovereign Israeli territory. The full resolution may be viewed here.