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.
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.)