May 12th marks Jerusalem Day, the Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem. As a trusted ally, Israel and the United States have enjoyed a strategic partnership based on shared mutual values and respect. This relationship has continued to strengthen over the last 62 years, and it's critical that America continues to promote this friendship.   

Fostering this important relationship means beginning the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and celebrating reunification.  I encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting H.Con.Res. 271 to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and to begin the process of relocating the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.  

America must ensure that Jerusalem, led by Mayor Nir Barkat, continues to be a shrine open for all cultures.