After President Trump announced on Wednesday that he planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned the measure saying it would “spark mass protests, fuel tensions, and make it more difficult to reach a durable peace,” when the congresswoman had voted for the same action in 1995, reports The Daily Wire.
“‘In the absence of a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem now may needlessly spark mass protests, fuel tensions, and make it more difficult to reach a durable peace,’ is what Pelosi said after the announcement on Wednesday.”
Pelosi: “In the absence of a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem now may needlessly spark mass protests, fuel tensions, and make it more difficult to reach a durable peace.”
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Yet in October 1995, Pelosi voted for the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which required the move the of the embassy without the precondition of a negotiated settlement, as there was no mention of any settlement.
“‘Jerusalem should remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected; Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999,’ is what the statement said in 1995.”
Since 1995 though, Pelosi has turned very anti-Israel. In March 2017 she read a J-Street backed letter at the annual AIPAC conference.
The letter was written by David Price and Gerry Connolly, two Democrats in Congress who have shown strong anti-Israel sentiments. The letter urged opposing “unilateral actions by either of the two parties that would push the prospects for peace further out of reach.”
Essentially what Pelosi was saying is that Israel declaring Jerusalem its capital should not be allowed and cannot be allowed if peace is to continue in the region.
Price was one of the 54 members of Congress who signed a letter calling for an end to the Israeli embargo on Hamas in Gaza. Connolly defended funding the PA even when it included members of Hamas.
In January of this year, the House of Representatives passed a statement of opposition to a United Nations resolution that condemned Israel for expanding its settlements. Despite the measure passing in the house with 342-80 in a largely partisan vote, Pelosi opposed the measure.
Many have argued that Israel’s claim over the city of Jerusalem is not disputable since they have occupied the city for centuries. But others, like the newly converted Pelosi, would say that the Palestinians has an equal claim on the Holy City.
It is clear that Pelosi and other Democrats will gladly change their views on huge issues like the Israeli/Palestinian conflict just to gather more support with their voters and don’t actually have any clear moral grounds.