The entire U.S. Senate has finally found something they can all agree on – they want the U.S. embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 requires such a move, but since Congress passed that act, every president in office has continued to delay it for six-month intervals.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to finally move the embassy, but he also signed the six-month waiver last Thursday, putting it off once again. President Trump said he is hoping to work out a peaceful resolution between Israel and the Palestines.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced a resolution on May 24, calling on President Trump to implement the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and move the embassy to Jerusalem, to “commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the reunification of the city of Jerusalem.”
On Monday, June 5, the resolution passed in a unanimous 90-0 vote.
McConnell was quoted by Politico as stating, “While we know that Israel continues to face a number of threats, bipartisan passage of this resolution will serve as yet another indication of the United States’ commitment to standing by our Israeli friends.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed, releasing this statement: “I am proud to sponsor this resolution, which reaffirms the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 that states Jerusalem should remain an undivided city and Israel’s capital – in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are celebrated, valued and protected.”
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