This is a shocking development but is par for the course with the sour grapes Democrats. After supporting the move to Jerusalem in the past, it’s being reported that many Democrats will be a no-show at the historic opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. The media has been reporting that Democrats didn’t get an invitation to the opening but Senators Cruz and Graham pushed back on that fake news (see below).
When President Donald Trump announced the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Democrats blasted the decision, despite past support for Jerusalem to be recognized as Israel’s capital. The Democratic Party has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in each of its last four party platforms.
Israel’s Channel 10 reported that none of the Democrats were given invitations:
I saw some reports that suggest the ceremonies around the opening to the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem were bipartisan and included democrats too. This is not an accurate description – and I am being very diplomatic here. No democrats from the Senate or the house are attending. – Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Channel 10
I saw some reports that suggest the ceremonies around the opening to the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem were bipartisan and included democrats too. This is not an accurate description – and I am being very diplomatic here. No democrats from the Senate or the house are attending
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— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) May 14, 2018
Israeli reporter Ariel Kahane said Wilson opened the House delegation to all members but said Democratic leadership was blocking any Democrats from attending:
Not correct. Every member of Congress was invited through the congressional delegation (codel) of congress member Joe Wilson who opened his codel to any member who wanted to come. People involved in the process blame the democratic leadership of congress blocked its members https://t.co/7PKqEE6RPn
— Ariel Kahana אריאל כהנא (@arik3000) May 14, 2018
Several Republicans from both the House of Representatives and the Senate will be in attendance at the event. A couple of delegations of Congressional Republicans flew to Israel for the event, the Times of Israel reports.
“That is a sad, sad manifestation. I wish he’d have every member of Congress here,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said blaming former President Barack Obama and his relationship with Israeli leadership for no Democrats attending.
“I don’t know why the Democrats will not be here, chose not to come. Every member of Congress had the option before them to come and be here,” Cruz said. “There was no way on earth we could have inaugurated this embassy without my being here to celebrate it. It’s too important.”
Israel’s Channel 10 said that no Democrats were given invitations to attend the dedication, however, Cruz said that invitations were not necessary for the lawmakers to attend.
“None of us were invited,” Cruz said, noting that his delegation came together when he asked fellow senators to join him in attending the opening of the embassy.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) told reporters that he personally invited Democrats to come to the dedication with the delegation of Republican senators.
“I would just assume that the Republicans who didn’t come had [scheduling] conflicts. But I am disappointed that not one Democrat came,” Graham said. “What does that say? It’s not for me to tell you what that says. It hurts me. Because I work across the aisle on a regular basis. I think it was a mistake, because there’s too much going on in this region.”