Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Represents U.S. Congress at Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

May 15, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after returning from a congressional delegation trip to the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. While in Israel, Diaz-Balart and his congressional colleagues met with a number of foreign dignitaries, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

“I was proud to represent the United States Congress with my colleagues for the official opening of the embassy in Jerusalem. Despite becoming law in 1995 with overwhelming bipartisan support, past administrations never moved the embassy to its rightful location. This President and his administration delivered on their promise and officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December. Jerusalem is the true, undivided home of our embassy, and I am glad the United States has finally taken this bold step. 

“It should surprise no one that Hamas organized thousands of people to crash the borders in an attempt to violate Israel’s security and sovereignty. Hamas is responsible for the death of the 60 people killed, and must be held accountable for its actions. The State of Israel has the right and obligation to protect itself, the towns that lie around the border, and its sovereignty. Israel is one of our strongest allies, and we must continue our support for the state and her people as they face a grave threat in both Iran and Hamas.”

The first photo should be attributed to the Office of Congressman Joe Wilson. The remaining photos should be attributed to the Office of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.


The Congressional Delegation meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Congressman Diaz-Balart meets with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.


The Congressional Delegation attends the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.


Congressman Diaz-Balart attends the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Israel.


Congressman Diaz-Balart meets with U.S. Marine Security Guards at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

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