Senate Prods Trump to Move Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem

Senate Prods Trump to Move Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem

Despite this justification, the Senate has now passed a bipartisan resolution on a 90-0 vote for "commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the reunification of the city of Jerusalem", which also "calls upon the President and all United States officials" to follow the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. The Palestinians seek to establish East Jerusalem as their own independent state's capital.

US President Donald Trump visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem on May 23, 2017.

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 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the left-leaning pro-Israel group J Street also hailed the resolution.

Bush and Barack Obama all sidestepped the law by citing national security. The White House said it delayed the move to improve the chances of reaching a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The White House says the move will occur eventually, and that it is simply a matter of timing.

The resolution also calls upon the president and all United States officials to abide by the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. "The question is not if that move happens, but only when", a statement from Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

"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.

The resolution was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R - Ken.) and co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D - N.Y.) as well as 43 other senators.

The bill was passed just days after President Donald Trump signed a waiver deferring the Congressional mandate to relocate the embassy.

On Wednesday, the Israeli embassy in Washington is hosting an event in the Capitol marking the reunification.

"The resolution also affirms our longstanding policy to achieve peaceful coexistence via direct negotiations that achieve a two-state solution".

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