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For Immediate Release:
May 07, 2019
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Nikki Whiting


County Commission approves Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.’s resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

MIAMI – On May 7, 2019, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr.’s resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the historical homeland and rightful capital of the democratic Jewish State of Israel. Founded in 1948 to provide a refuge for the Jewish people, the State of Israel designated Jerusalem as its capital shortly thereafter its independence. In December 2017, President Trump formally announced that Jerusalem would be recognized as the capital of Israel and ordered the United States Department of State to prepare to relocate the Embassy to Jerusalem.

The United States officially moved its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty. Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr. was joined by Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Consul General of Israel to Florida Lior Haiat in celebration of the passing of the resolution and tomorrow’s commemoration of Israel’s 71st anniversary of independence.

“This Board has a long history of standing with the State of Israel, supporting the strengthening of the alliance between the United States and Israel, promoting shared values of both countries, and combating discriminatory policies aimed at the Jewish state,” Commissioner Bovo said. “I thank my colleagues for approving my resolution recognizing Jerusalem as a true capital of Israel. Just recently, over 600 rockets have been fired from Gaza attempting to kill Israelis. With anti-Semitism on the rise and constant attack toward Israel, this Board wishes to continue showing its unwavering support for the democratic Jewish State of Israel through the symbolic recognition of Jerusalem as its eternal capital.”