Klobuchar: Keep Embassy in Jerusalem

'I think it's unfortunate it was done the way it was done but I wouldn't reverse it'

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Presidential contender Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) said, if elected president, she would not move the American embassy in Israel from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv.

Klobuchar added that she wishes the decision, made by President Donald Trump in 2017, was made under different auspices.

"I think it would have been better if that was done as part of a negotiation for a two-state solution," she told Jewish Insider. "I think it's unfortunate it was done the way it was done but I wouldn't reverse it."

Klobuchar is the second 2020 Democratic candidate to declare that she would keep the embassy in Jerusalem. South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg was the first.

Klobuchar declined to comment on whether or not she supported Trump's decision to declare Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, telling Jewish Insider, "I think it should be part of the negotiations." Unlike with the embassy decision, which she believes should have been a discussion between Israelis and Palestinians, Klobuchar said that sovereignty of the Golan Heights should have been a global conversation.

"I think again while that isn't about two-state solution, it's better to have global discussion with America having a leading role," she said.

Trump's decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem generated controversy among Democrats, with many decrying the decision.

"I think this is just completely the wrong direction and I hope that when we get a new president that we move the [embassy] and that we retain our adherence to the United Nations agreements, and to the idea that the United States is actually trying to arbitrate between some very difficult tensions and get to a two-state solution," Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.) told the Hill. "We need to go back to the United States actually being perceived as a potential arbiter of tensions in the Middle East."