JERUSALEM, Israel -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is taking a stand to support Israel's right to Jerusalem.
The fate of Jerusalem is one of the most divisive issues in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Obama administration has refused to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
But in his first official visit to Israel, Sen. Rubio affirmed his belief that Jerusalem belongs to the Jewish state.
"It's wonderful to be here in such a city (Jerusalem) which is of course the capital of your country but the spiritual capital of millions of people around the world," Rubio told Israeli President Shimon Peres.
When he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Rubio reiterated America's bipartisan support for Israel.
"Well, you live in a challenging neighborhood, but the Israeli-American relationship is one of the most important ones we have," Rubio said.
"And certainly our commitment to that partnership is bipartisan and it should remain that way, and that's why I'm pleased the president is coming here in March," he continued.
After four years in office, President Obama will make his first visit to Israel in March.