A delegation of Republican senators is spearheading an effort to freeze some funding to the State Department until the U.S. embassy in Israel is formally moved to Jerusalem, according to new legislation.
The Obama administration, like previous administrations, does not formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and has blocked efforts to move the U.S. embassy there.
Israel’s U.S. Embassy is presently located in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The bill, called the “Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act,” orders the White House to identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Obama administration has refused to do so and this bill will freeze a significant portion of the State Department’s funding until it Israel’s U.S. Embassy is relocated.
In the past, according to the Washington Free Beacon, “The Obama White House has been caught scrubbing captions on official photographs that labeled Jerusalem as part of Israel. The administration also was entangled in a Supreme Court case when it refused to permit an American family to list its child’s birthplace as ‘Jerusalem, Israel.’”
The legislative act to move the Israeli U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem has been introduced by Senators Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), and Dean Heller (R., Nev.), who have all supported Trump’s suggestion to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Cruz said in a statement, “Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel.Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s vendetta against the Jewish state has been so vicious that to even utter this simple truth—let alone the reality that Jerusalem is the appropriate venue for the American embassy in Israel—is shocking in some circles.”
Senator Dean Heller said, “The legislation could help repair America’s relationship with Israel, which has become strained under the Obama administration.”
Senator Marco Rubio added, “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state of Israel, and that’s where America’s embassy belongs. It’s time for Congress and the president-elect to eliminate the loophole that has allowed presidents in both parties to ignore U.S. law and delay our embassy’s rightful relocation to Jerusalem for over two decades.”
Oh no, the Republicans want to move their embassy to the Israeli capital! Who on earth would ever do that! @lbc
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