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January 4, 2017 1:40 pm

Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Move US Embassy in Israel From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

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The US Embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: Wiki Commons.

The US Embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: Wiki Commons.

JNS.org – Three leading Republican senators introduced legislation Tuesday that calls for relocating the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The proposed legislation initiated by US Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) asserts the need to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US Embassy there in an effort to “remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected, as they have been by Israel since 1967.”

The Washington Free Beacon first reported Tuesday that the bill would freeze a significant portion of the US State Department’s funding until the department completes the embassy’s move to Jerusalem.

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In a statement, Cruz blasted the Obama administration’s “vendetta” against Israel during the last several years, adding that it is “finally time to cut through the double-speak and broken promises and do what Congress said we should do in 1995: formally move our embassy to the capital of our great ally Israel.”

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered that the US Embassy be moved there from Tel Aviv. But the law also allowed the president to delay the move for six-month periods for national security reasons. As such, every president since 1995 has refrained from ordering the move, citing security concerns. President-elect Donald Trump, however, made a campaign promise to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem after he takes office Jan. 20.

“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state of Israel, and that’s where America’s Embassy belongs,” Rubio said in a statement. “It’s time for Congress and the president-elect to eliminate the loophole that has allowed presidents in both parties to ignore US law and delay our embassy’s rightful relocation to Jerusalem for over two decades.”

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  • chailibe

    Rubio’s supportive comments understate the centrality of Jerusalem to Jews. Even when there was no Jewish state,during our two millennia of exile, it remained the focus of our longing, our aspirations. Zion is the Temple Mount, the site of the once and future Temple, whose destruction by the Romans was an attempt to shift the spiritual capital of the world from Jerusalem to Rome, the brutal conqueror of the ancient world, whose legions had made it the world’s temporal capital.

    As to Muslim claims on East Jerusalem, their occupancy there dates from the massacres of the 1920s and 1930s which the British, as the Mandatory Power did little to suppress. The niches in the doorposts of many of the now-Arab homes formerly held Mezuzahs, and offer silent testimony of the religion of those homes’ former occupants.

    King David ruled there as did fabled Solomon. The sternest rebuke Trump could address to the history-twisting United Nations, would be to locate the U.S. embassy in East Jerusalem.

  • chailibe

    Rubio’s statement is wonderfully supportive, yet understates the centrality of Jerusalem to Jews. Even in the absence of a Jewish state, during our two millennia of exile, Jerusalem was the focus of our longing, our aspirations. Zion is the Temple Mount, the site of the once and future Temple whose destruction by the Romans was an attempt to shift the religious capitol of the world from Jerusalem to Rome, whose legions had made it the world’s temporal capital.
    As to the Muslim claims on East Jerusalem, their occupancy there dates from the massacres of the 1920s and 1930s, that Britain as the Mandatory Power did little to suppress. The doorpost niches that once held Mezuzahs remain as mute testimony of the religion of the original occupants in many of the now-Arab homes there.
    King David reigned in Jerusalem, as did fabled Solomon. The sternest rebuke that Trump could send to the history-rewriting United Nations, would be to locate the U.S. Embassy in East Jerusalem.

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