Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US Senate Adopts Symbolic Resolution Hailing Reunification of Jerusalem

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 US embassy to Jerusalem.

Co-sponsored by 17 senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D), the text calls on the legislative body to recognize the half a century landmark since Israel captured the eastern part of the city during the 1967 Six Day War. The Palestinians seek to establish East Jerusalem as their own independent state's capital.

He said the semi-centennial of the reunification of Jerusalem is "an important milestone for Israel and Jewish people across the globe, given that Jerusalem has been a focal point of Jewish life for thousands of years". According to a White House statement, he postponed the move in order to "maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians".

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Press Secretary Sean Spicer made the announcement during a press briefing last Friday.

In a move that was viewed as keeping up with the past administrations' stance on the embassy issue, Trump signed a waiver last Thursday that delayed the move of the embassy from its current location to Jerusalem, reported the Los Angeles Times. Moving the embassy would further complicate efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East and would enrage the United States' Arab allies.

"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.

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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.

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

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