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January 14, 2015 10:20 am

Senate Bill Removes Presidential Waiver of Israeli Embassy’s Move to Jerusalem

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U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (pictured) and Dean Heller proposed the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2015, which would remove the president's authority to waive the relocation of the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons – US Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Dean Heller (R-NV) on Tuesday proposed legislation that would remove the president’s authority to waive the relocation of America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2015 also requires official government documents to identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The US embassy remains in Tel Aviv two decades after the passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 on Oct. 23, 1995, with overwhelming majorities in the Senate (93-5) and the House of Representatives (374-37). The 2015 legislation removes language from the 1995 law that gave the president authority to delay the embassy move in the interest of national security.

“It is my hope that members of Congress on both sides of the aisle support this important bill,” Cruz said. “It is long past due for our government to finally and unequivocally recognize Israel’s historical capital both in word and deed.”

“This legislation further confirms America’s support for one of our strongest allies by recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel,” Heller said. “The United States must continue to stand beside Israel and this legislation honors promises our nation made years ago.”

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  • Not that many years ago Senators Obama and Clinton were publicly on record, among 93 out of 100 Senators, saying Jerusalem was the undivided capital of Israel. Even those who dispute the unified Jerusalem don’t dispute that ‘West Jerusalem’ is part of the State of Israel. Why have US presidents allowed 20 years to pass without implementing this law? The law would not harm Arabs in Jerusalem. In Islam it is against the law for any non-Muslims to enter the Muslim holy city of Mecca, while we share Isaiah’s vision of the New Jerusalem, where ‘My House [Jerusalem] will be called a House of Prayers for all nations.’

  • It is especially significant that this bill was passed after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. One of the ways in which the world should respond to terrorism is by granting Israel a diplomatic advantage every time a terrorist attack occurs.

  • Today, the Zionist regime is on a definite slope to collapse, and there is no way for it to get out of the cesspool created by itself and its supporters such as Ted Cruz whose mouth keep frothing with despicable rabid Zionism and who always spews hatred and bigotry toward the Palestinians.

    • Dale