Benjamin Netanyahu is going to be a happy man.
On Wednesday evening, the United States just took a massive stand for Israel by voting unanimously to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
The vote actually was 90-0, with Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania – an assortment of both Republicans and Democrats – not voting.
While the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 calls for the move to Jerusalem, which would be seen worldwide as a resounding affirmation of Israel’s link to, presence in and responsibility for Jerusalem, it also provides for six-month waivers that presidents could use if they felt that politically they should not make the move.
That waiver has been used by both Democrats and Republicans ever since, including President Trump just days ago.
However, at the time he renewed his commitment to moving the Embassy, he just said it would happen right now.
So while the call for the law to be followed is seen by many as a call for the establishment of the Embassy in Jerusalem, technically it simply states that the law should be followed.
Now the senators, on a 90-0 vote, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem by adopting S. Res. 176.
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