Local synagogue reacts to President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Rabbi Michelle Werner said the decision is not religious, but political.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017 6:23 PM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 6:52 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A local synagogue is reacting to President Trump's action to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Michelle Werner is the Rabbi at B'nai Israel Synagogue. Even with being so far away, she said she's still feeling this decision due to the long, spiritual, and historical connection Jewish people have to Israel.

She said this decision is not religious but political, and it could put American and Israeli lives at risk.

"These decisions have very far reaching implications, but I think probably the most important one is the safety of the people who have to live in the presence of this decision," Werner said.

That's why Werner said instead of dividing, we all need to come together. She said a shared goal should be to make the world safe for everyone who lives in it.

"I'd rather see us talk about the bi-partisan agreement for a piece of legislation that's responding to terrorists in the very same neck of the woods," Werner said. 

The piece of legislation Werner is talking about is called the Taylor Force Act, which could cut U.S. funding for the Palestinians.

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