Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Dean Heller (R-NV) are joining forces to push the State Department to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s true capital.
Their efforts are nothing new; back in 1995 Congress passed legislation that should have moved the embassy to Jerusalem, but no President (Republican or Democrat) has been willing to follow through. However, Cruz and his comrades have a new plan to force the shift – their bill would withhold funding from the State Department until it moves embassy locations.
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.
For his part, President-elect Donald Trump promised during the campaign that he would move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He’s not the first Republican to make such a promise, and it’s yet to be seen if Trump will have the political capital (or fortitude) to follow through. (Trump’s choice for Ambassador to Israel also supports moving the embassy to Jerusalem.)