Central Ohio reacts to U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The U.S. Embassy opened in Jerusalem on Monday and brought mixed emotions in Central Ohio. 

For some, they said the move has been a long time coming, while for others it was devastating.

“It’s always been Israel’s capital for the past 3,000 years, it’s been Israel’s capital and it’s something that we’re extremely excited about,” said Rabbi Avi Goldstein. 

He said relocating the embassy means a lot to his congregation at Beth Jacob.

“It speaks to the United States’ support of Israel,” said Rabbi Goldstein. “It speaks to the United States’ recognition of the meaning of Jerusalem as it relates to Jewish identity and Israeli identity.”

He said Israel’s seat of government is in Jerusalem and that this move reaffirms a special relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

“The Knesset is there, that the justices are there, the Prime Minister is there and that that’s the reality of what it is and that we hope this helps further peace,” said Rabbi Goldstein. 

Attorney and Palestinian-American Mazen Rasoul said President Trump is fulfilling his campaign promise.

“This just blocks every single hope for peace, for a solution of this ongoing dispute,” said Rasoul. “By this move, it really puts kind of a complete end to a two-state solution.”

Dozens of Palestinian protesters were killed between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday. Nearly 2,000 were injured. 

“The number one person to blame for this is our U.S. administration who decided to take this move disregarding all the warnings, all the letters they’ve received from all around the world,” said Rasoul.

He said the U.S. can no longer be seen as a peace broker.

“The U.S. is really withdrawing as a mediator and it cannot be seen as a neutral third party anymore,” said Rasoul. 

While this move has been praised by Israel’s leader, it has also been widely criticized by allies of the U.S. 

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