(JNS.org) Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein met with his American counterpart Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Wednesday in Washington, D.C., where he urged Ryan to advocate for the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
"The meaning of wide congressional support could lead to global and regional support," Edelstein told Ryan. "If the American embassy moves, I am utterly certain that other countries will move their embassies to the capital.”
Ryan responded by saying that "after visiting Speaker Edelstein in Jerusalem last year, it was a privilege to host him at the U.S. Capitol this afternoon. I reiterated my steadfast support for Israel’s security and her inalienable right to self-defense. The historic alliance between our two nations has never been more important, and I appreciate Speaker Edelstein’s commitment to strengthening this special relationship.”
Edelstein also met with U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The two lawmakers discussed the situation in the Middle East, and Edelstein asked Corker for his help to promote U.S.-Israel collaboration on financial, social and environmental projects.