Berks congressman: Decision on Jerusalem 'the right one'

US Rep. Lloyd Smucker traveled to Israel in August

WASHINGTON - At least one of Berks County's four congressmen is applauding President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, a Republican who represents Pennsylvania's 16th District, was part of a congressional delegation that traveled to the Middle Eastern country in August for a firsthand understanding of regional challenges and America's strategic relationship with Israel.

Smucker released a statement a short time after the president made his announcement at the White House on Wednesday.

"When I traveled to Israel in August, I met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and had a discussion about moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem," Smucker said. "The city is at the core of the nation's foundation and history. President Trump's decision to move our embassy is the right one. I will continue to support and defend our decades-old friendship and strengthen our alliance."

U.S. allies in the region and beyond have expressed fears that the Trump administration's move could stymie the peace process and increase security risks in a region that is already on edge.

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