South Dakota Republican lawmakers will formally announce solidarity with the nation of Israel and recent action by the Trump administration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.
State Senator Neal Tapio of Watertown, Representative Lee Qualm of Desmet, Representative Steve Haugaard of Sioux Falls and Representative Al Novstrup of Aberdeen are acknowledging the historic restoration of Jerusalem as Israel’s political and ancestral capital which comes 70 years after the founding of the Jewish state in 1948.
“We feel it is timely and important that the State of South Dakota signal formal and official agreement with this historic moment in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Senator Neal Tapio said.
“In his recent words and actions, President Donald Trump showed courageous leadership in reaffirming the strong bond between the United States and the nation of Israel by signaling clearly that Jerusalem is the Israeli capital and that Israel alone has every right both to self determination and self preservation in that decision,” Tapio said.
Former Representative and pastor, Scott Craig, of Rapid City supports the idea and helped spearhead a formal announcement ahead of an expected legislative resolution acknowledging the Jerusalem capital move during the 2018 lawmaking session.
“Israel is and will remain the Holy Land of the Judeo-Christian belief system and the spiritual ideal that remains the basis for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy in the United States,” Craig said.
“It is vital that the American people and the people of South Dakota continue to recognize and understand the importance and value of our strong affiliation and friendship with the lone democracy in the Middle East and more importantly, the historic place where the values of our Christian faith became relevant, historic fact before the entire world,” Craig said.