US Senate Affirms Embassy in Jerusalem

Feb 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The United States Senate voted 97-3 last week in favor of a resolution that would make the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem permanent, effectively preventing it from being downgraded or moved. 

The resolution was presented by Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe to be included as part of the budget Congress is currently considering. He called the embassy move “an important message.” 

Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, and Delaware Democrat Tom Carper were the only senators to oppose Inhofe’s resolution. 

On the Senate floor Inhofe, said that the “amendment should not be controversial to anyone. It has been our position in the U.S. for 25 years. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and we should have our embassy in Jerusalem.” He referenced past Senate votes to place the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem: “In 1995 the same amendment was 93-5. In 2017 it was 90-0.”

President Donald Trump opened the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of when David Ben Gurion announced the establishment of the Jewish state and Israel took its place among the nations on May 14, 1948. 

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “The move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem was a historic event. President Donald Trump kept his word and did what no other prior president was willing to do. The biblical and historical connection of the land of Israel to the Jewish people is undisputed and goes back thousands of years to King David. I am pleased to see the Senate overwhelmingly support the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.”

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