Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement after the United States announced that Americans born in Jerusalem can now choose Israel as the country of birth on their passports:

"Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the Jewish people and the rightful capital of Israel. It took many years for the United States to acknowledge these truths, and many more for them to shape our diplomacy. But President Trump and Secretary Pompeo have made support for Israel central to America's foreign policy in the Middle East. Today's announcement reinforces our policy that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel."