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Senate Wants to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Move Embassy

Old City of Jerusalem (Photo: flickr/israel-mfa)

Yesterday, three American senators introduced legislation to strengthen the bond between the United States and Israel. The Times of Israel's Eric Cortellessa reports on the proposed bill that would not only recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City:

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller (R) proposed the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act on Tuesday, the first day the new Congress convened on Capitol Hill as Republicans prepare to control the White House, Senate and House of Representatives for the first time since 2007.

The measure is similar to a 1995 resolution, led by former House speaker and current Trump confidant Newt Gingrich, that called to move the embassy. It was immediately dismissed by then-president Bill Clinton, who wanted the future status of Jerusalem settled in final negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Clinton and his two successors — presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama — have repeatedly used the prerogative granted them to delay implementation of a Congressional demand, passed in a 1995 law, to move the embassy.

But with an incoming president who has indicated he will break with these practices, those pushing for the relocation believe the White House may no longer be an obstacle.

The move would “honor an important promise America made more than two decades ago but has yet to fulfill,” Heller said...

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