Over the last week, Axios reached out to all of the top tier candidates, and not one of them — including former Vice President Joe Biden — would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Didn’t respond to multiple requests for a comment, despite having criticized the president’s decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem, which she said could make it more difficult to achieve peace between the Israelis and Palestinans.



Joe Biden, Former vice president

“Vice President Biden would not move the American embassy back to Tel Aviv. But he would re-open our consulate in East Jerusalem to engage the Palestinians. He would also return the United States to the effort of encouraging a two-state solution — the only way to truly guarantee Israel’s long-term security as a Jewish and democratic state and meet the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians for a state of their own,


Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)

Didn’t respond to multiple requests for a comment.


Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Buttigieg told “Axios on HBO” in June that he would keep it in Jerusalem: “I don’t know that we’d gain much by moving it to Tel Aviv.”



Sen. Bernie Sanders (I – VT)

Refused to comment to Axios, despite having criticized Trump’s decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem, saying that the move would “dramatically undermine the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, and severely, perhaps irreparably, damage the United States’ ability to broker that peace.”


Beto O’Rourke

The campaign directed Axios to comments O’Rourke made while in Marshalltown, Iowa earlier this month, in which he said: “The decision to move it was unnecessarily provocative but now that it has been made, I don’t know if there’s a lot of sense in reversing it.”


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)


“As Senator Gillibrand said at the time, she believes that Jerusalem is the enduring capital of Israel but President Trump’s decision came at the wrong time because it would make it harder to reach the sustainable two-state solution needed to ensure the long-term security and prosperity of Israel. While she won’t undo that unproductive and impulsive decision, she would undertake new diplomatic initiatives to restart peace negotiations, including reopening the diplomatic mission to the Palestinians, our USAID presence in the West Bank and restarting USAID programs that President Trump has cut,” Gillibrand’s national press secretary told Axios.


Julián Castro

Didn’t respond to multiple requests for a comment.


Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)


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


Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

“I opposed the move of the embassy because I believed it should have been included in the larger process of negotiations of a final status agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Now that the embassy has been moved, I do not see moving it back as either practical or productive, and believe we should focus on reclaiming our status as a trusted mediator as we work towards peace and a two state solution.”


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