Jerusalem announcement gets mixed reaction in Baltimore region

Jerusalem announcement gets mixed reaction in Baltimore region

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - There has been plenty of reaction throughout the Baltimore region to the president's declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

FOX45's Kathleen Cairns noted that Maryland Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and other local Jewish leaders, including the Baltimore Jewish Council, have weighed in supporting the decision.

Cardin issued a statement saying the announcement "implements what Congress affirmed in 1995 with the passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act."

He added: "Going forward, it is critical that all religious and ethnic groups continue to have access to Jerusalem."

Cardin has also said he hopes proper precautions are now being taken to ensure the safety of U.S. personnel in the region.

The Baltimore Jewish Council echoes the support, saying President Trump showed "strong commitment" to the peace process.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, meanwhile, is among those calling it a dangerous move.

The group's Maryland representative, Zainab Chaudry, said the announcement is already inciting unrest and tension, and is harming relationships with global Muslim allies.

CAIR calls it a reckless change of policy.

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