Republicans Introduce Bill To Relocate US Embassy To Jerusalem

The US embassy has been in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Street for half a century and US policy has held that the status of Jerusalem will only be determined in final talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
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    Republicans Introduce Bill To Relocate US Embassy To Jerusalem

    Debris of a Palestinian building demolished by Israeli forces in annexed East Jerusalem on December 01, 2014. (Photo: Anadolu/Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu)

    (REPORT) — Republican senators have introduced a bill to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, a move backed by President-elect Donald Trump but one that Palestinian leaders say will deal a fatal blow to prospects for peace.

    Ted Cruz, Dean Heller and Marco Rubio unveiled the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act on Tuesday, the latest in a long line of Republican attempts to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

    Trump has repeatedly promised to relocate the embassy. David Friedman, his nominee for ambassador, has said he looks forward to serving in Jerusalem.



    But it is a pledge critics say could unleash violence and imperil any hopes of a peace process with Palestine and the future of a two-state solution.

    The status of Jerusalem has been a divisive issue with the Palestinians since the Israelis occupied it in the 1967 war. East Jerusalem is seen by Palestinians as their historic capital.

    Cruz said: “Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel. Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s vendetta against the Jewish state has been so vicious that to even utter this simple truth – let alone the reality that Jerusalem is the appropriate venue for the American embassy in Israel – is shocking in some circles.

    “But 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.”

    Rubio said: “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state of Israel, and that’s where America’s embassy belongs.

    “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.”

     

    Jerusalem controversy

    Jerusalem is claimed by Israel as its “eternal united capital”, but Palestinians claim Palestinian-majority East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Under international law, East Jerusalem has been illegally occupied by Israel since the 1967 war.

    The US embassy has been in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Street for half a century and US policy has held that the status of Jerusalem will only be determined in final talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Congress passed a law in 1995 ordering the move to Jerusalem. However, every president since then has prevented it, often citing “national security concerns”.

    Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian peace negotiator, warned in December that moving the embassy would result in the “destruction of the peace process as a whole”.

    “Donald Trump’s announcement of his cabinet… is his business,” Erekat said, but added: “What is not Donald Trump’s business is to determine the capitals of other nations, especially when it comes to occupied East Jerusalem.”

    He said there was a difference between “the interest of this person or that person” and “the long-standing position that the United States took since 1967 – considering the annexation of East Jerusalem as illegal” and its control of the West Bank as illegal.


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    • James Wherry

      Sounds great!

      I’d also urge the USA to locate the new Embassy to Palestine in the Arab portion of Jerusalem, as well. Perhaps they could find a location right on the Green Line and have one building straddling two nations for both embassies and save some money, time and space?

      • tapatio

        THE LICK-SPITTLE SYCOPHANT OF ISRAHELL AND THE ZIONIST DISEASE, JAMES WHERRY, OBVIOUSLY FLUNKED ANY COURSES HE MAY HAVE TAKEN IN INTERNATIONAL LAW TO BECOME A SHYSTER.
        BY LAW JERUSALEM CAN NOT BE THE CAPITAL OF THE JEW STATE. JERUSALEM IS NOT A JEW CITY. IT WAS FOUNDED BY ARABS (CANAANITES) 1000 YEARS BEFORE ABRAHAM SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABORTED AND EAST JERUSALEM IS PART OF PALESTINE – NOT ISRAHELL

        • James Wherry

          You seem to be frothing at the mouth. None of what you wrote is true. The demand of the Palestinian Arabs is to share Jerusalem. “Arabs” are not “Canaanites.” The Canaanites are extinct tribes that were in the land before the coming of Abraham. Ishmael, the son of Abraham, is the father of the Arabs, as Jacob is the father of the Israelites.

          And, if you “abort” Abraham, you have NO Arabs and NO Muhammad.

          Some friend of the Palestinians ARABS you turn out to be. What an idiot you are! You keep trying to fool people into thinking you are a Christian Presbyterian. Unfortunately, those of you in the neo-NAZ! “Creativity Alliance” don’t study the Bible, since you think it’s a “Jew Work.”

    • tapatio

      WHY SHOULDN’T THE REPUGLICANS WANT TO LOCATE THE EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM. THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY PROVEN ITSELF TO BE AN OUTLAW REGIME. WHAT’S ONE MORE BROKEN LAW?

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