From her campaign headquarters in Mount Juliet, former State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers delivered a powerful statement in favor of President Trump’s announcement that the United States will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
I am proud to support President Trump’s historic decision to put U.S. law, passed overwhelmingly in 1995, into effect by moving our Embassy in Israel to the capital in Jerusalem. The status quo has NOT produced peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and President Trump is absolutely correct to move forward with what has been U.S. policy — at least on paper — for 22 years. If the Palestinians and their terrorist supporters react with violence, as they have threatened to do, that will simply confirm that they have no real interest in a peaceful solution to the divisions in that region. It will prove that they simply want to dictate terms beneficial only to them rather than being part of a resolution that can produce peaceful coexistence with Israel. I am happy to stand with President Trump and Israel as we prepare to move our embassy to the rightful capital of Israel.
National security is a Tennessee security issue. We cannot tolerate the continued rise of radical Islam in Europe and the ongoing violence and conflict in the Middle East with the mistaken belief that it will somehow not affect us here in our own communities and neighborhoods in Tennessee. Islamic terrorism is as real in Tennessee as it is anywhere else and we must be vigilant, proactive, and aggressive in dealing with and addressing the threat of extremist terrorism at every level of government in Tennessee. I share President Trump’s commitment to be on the offensive rather than the defensive when dealing with the threats we face.