US Senate Adopts Symbolic Resolution Hailing Reunification of Jerusalem
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 6:29
However, since it was signed, former presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama all signed a six-month waiver during their terms that kept the embassy in Tel Aviv, arguing that it was for the country's best interest.
Trump, who was inaugurated as president on January 20, has not, so far, made good on the promise, signing off on a waiver keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv. But he has repeatedly stated his intention is to move the embassy. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), commemorating the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification and acknowledging Israel's sovereignty over its capital.
Trump also practiced his powers to waive the legislation on Thursday, in what the White House argued was a strategic step to keep hopes up for a possible two-state solution. The measure "calls upon the president and all United States officials to abide by" a law from 1995 that urged then-President Bill Clinton to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem.
The issue of Jerusalem has been one of the main sticking points in Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, with both sides refusing to relinquish their claims over the holy city. "The question is not if that move happens, but only when", a statement from Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.
The measure was sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and endorsed moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, as promised by Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.
Most of the world does not recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital and the city is considered occupied territory.
"Israel's consistent position is that the US Embassy, as well as the rest of the embassies, should be in Jerusalem", his office said in a statement.
"Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected", the resolution states, underscoring the fact that "there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Jerusalem for three millennia".