WASHINGTON — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday that he’s not going to apologize for publicly stating his support for moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem amid criticism from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The Trump administration announced the move in December of 2017. The embassy opening in Jerusalem took place in May of 2018.
The Greater Los Angeles Area office of CAIR “condemned” Garcetti’s support for relocating the embassy.
“It is highly disturbing that Mayor Garcetti would declare support for such a reckless decision made by President Donald Trump to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush.
Garcetti was asked for his response to CAIR demanding an apology.
Watch the full video of Garcetti’s response:
“I think you can be pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel and that’s what I’ve said over and over,” Garcetti said. “So no, it’s my belief and I’ll stick to it.”