CONGRESS’ JERUSALEM EMBASSY ACT OF 1995
Only the implementation of declared American Policy has been repeatedly put off for 6 months at a time by a series of feeble presidents. The present status quo is that the location of the American Embassy in Tel Aviv contradicts American policy, which recognizes Yᵊrushalayim (Jerusalem) as the Capital of Yisᵊraeil (Israel):
To quote America’s Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 verbatim:
“The Congress makes the following findings:
- 1. Each sovereign nation, under international law and
custom, may designate its own capital.
- 2. Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel.…
- 9. In 1990, the Congress unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 106, which declares that the Congress “strongly believes that Jerusalem must remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected”.
- 10. In 1992, the United States Senate and House of Representatives unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 113 of the One Hundred Second Congress to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, and reaffirming congressional sentiment that Jerusalem must remain an undivided city…
- 14. In June of 1993, 257 members of the United States House of Representatives signed a letter to the Secretary of State Warren Christopher stating that the relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem “should take place no later than … 1999”.
- 15. The United States maintains its embassy in the functioning capital of every country except in the case of our democratic friend and strategic ally, the State of Israel.
- 16. The United States conducts official meetings and other business in the city of Jerusalem in de facto recognition of its status as the capital of Israel.
- 17. In 1996, the State of Israel will celebrate the 3,000th anniversary of the Jewish presence in Jerusalem since King David’s entry. [Archeological-Historical note: King David moved the capital from Hebron (!) to Jerusalem ca. B.C.E.1068. Thus, the 3,000th anniversary was in 1932 and 2017 marks the 3085th anniversary of Jewish rule over Israel from the capital of Jerusalem!]
The “Statement of the Policy of the United States” reads:
- Jerusalem should remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected;
- Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and
- the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999.”
Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 declares that State Department funds can be withheld if the embassy isn’t moved by 1999.05.31
One option would seem to be simply not notifying Congress in advance of the expiration of the current 6 mos. suspension “that the additional suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.” Since the Jerusalem Embassy Act requires advance notice to Congress prior to every 6 months suspension, not notifying Congress in advance would preclude a further suspension and the long-standing United States policy would simply, at long last, be implemented.
This would involve only the implementation of long-standing United States policy, not any change in U.S. policy!