Schumer, Katko agree with Trump decision to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem
SYRACUSE, NY —
Flames and violence erupted along the Gaza border as the United States officially moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
President Donald Trump sent a video message, encouraging peace, to the ceremony.
"We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, Palestinians and to all of their neighbors," Trump said.
Now, federal lawmakers from New York are weighing in.
Sen. Chuck Schumer agrees with moving the embassy.
While in Syracuse on Monday, he said he sponsored a bill to do it in 1995.
However, he said the violence that followed Monday's move must end.
"They're ought to be demonstrations, but they ought to be peaceful," Schumer said.
Can the conflict and violence over the embassy spread to the United States?
Rep. John Katko is a member of the House Committee for Homeland Security.
He said there is a list of potential and serious threats against America, but said this probably will not add to it.
"I don't see this as a being a whole new wellspring of venom coming towards us. That's been a long time coming towards us," Katko said.
Katko also said moving the embassy to Jerusalem was the right thing to do.
He is hoping the current protests and violence could eventually lead to peace.
"Maybe after the dust settles and things calm down a bit, maybe just maybe, they'll talk about some sort of peace process," Katko said.