Rochester Jewish Community Reacts to Trump's Jerusalem Announcement

December 06, 2017 11:07 PM

(ABC 6 News) -  President Donald Trump waded into politically tricky territory on Wednesday, announcing a major shift in U.S. policy regarding Israel.

Outrage in the Palestinian community Wednesday, some factions are even calling for three days of rage following President Donald Trump's acknowledgment of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plans to relocate the United State Embassy from Tel Aviv.


Jerusalem is sacred ground for three major world religions and has been the site of violence and unrest for decades.

"I think the ramifications have to be weighed with the spiritual," Rabbi Michelle Werner with B’nai Israel Synagogue said.

Werner lived in Jerusalem during her religious studies, she's concerned about how this will affect the rift between Israelis and Palestinians as well as people's safety.

"I think what's most important is to take into consideration, whether this action will endanger both of American citizens and [citizens] of Israel," Werner said.

However, others are calling this a "historic" move.

"Mainly because it's the first time the biggest power in the world the United States of America is endorsing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Chaim Lecker Locker said.  

Lecker Locker is from Israel and has lived in Rochester since 2004. He said backlash from other religions should be kept separate from the president's acknowledgement.

"[In] my opinion, any religion should accept that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel," Lecker Locker said.
Lecker Locker hopes this is the start of a trend.

"The United States of America as it's leading everything in the world, they'll be leaders and many countries will follow," Lecker Locker said.  

According to ABC News, if the United States moves its embassy to Jerusalem, they would be the only country in the world to do so.

The president is urging peace, and plans to send Vice President Mike Pence to the region soon.


Elise Romas

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