Democrats decline to show at opening of U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

Democrats decline to show at opening of U.S. embassy in Jerusalem
Congressional delegation stands to be recognized at opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. (Image: Screen grab of BBC video, YouTube)

[Ed. – There were no “invitations” for Congress; any who wanted could have come.  No Democrats did.  As Graham says, it’s sad.  There are at least some Democrats who have shown support for Israel in recent years.]

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dean Heller (R-NV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Mike Lee (R-UT) made the trip, along with ten Republican U.S. Representatives — but not one Democrat joined the U.S. delegation for the embassy event.

Only former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) — who was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000 before being rejected by his party in 2006 for his support of the Iraq War — came to Jerusalem to join in the festivities.

Two journalists asked the Republican Senators why no Democrats had come.

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Sen. Cruz said: “That is a sad, sad manifestation — I wish we had every member of Congress here … every member of Congress had the option before them to come.”

Sen. Graham said that no one, Republican or Democrat, had been specifically invited to the ceremony — they simply chose to come or they did not. And he noted that only Republicans had come of their own volition.

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