Senate Urges Trump To Make the Jerusalem Embassy Move

Trump promised during his campaign that he would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds, but in a reversal, signed an order on June 1 keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv, at least for now.

J Street's Vice President of Government Affairs Dylan Williams tweeted that the resolution affirmed "long-held U.S. policy that Jerusalem's status is to be decided by the parties in 2-state negotiations".

As Israel was marking the 50th anniversary of its victory in the Six Day War of 1967, US Senate passed on Monday a non-binding resolution enshrining one of that conflict's most important outcomes, the reunification of Jerusalem under Israel's control.

President Donald Trump campaigned on a pledge to move the embassy; however, last week - like every president before him since the law was passed - he claimed a waiver based on national security concerns. Each of Trump's three immediate predecessors - Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama - repeatedly exercised that right.

"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.

A potential move of the embassy would anger Palestinians, who have been seeking to form an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds and the Gaza Strip, with East al-Quds as the capital.

"The question is not if that move happens, but only when", Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated.

The Senate "reaffirms that it is the longstanding, bipartisan policy of the United States Government that the permanent status of Jerusalem remains a matter to be decided between the parties through final status negotiations towards a two-state solution", the resolution states.

Schumer, the Democratic Senate leader and one of the most prominent Jewish members of Congress, released a statement introducing the measure that implored the USA to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, talks with Sen.

On Wednesday, Israel's Knesset and the US Congress will hold a joint event in honor of the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem.

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