As Obama becomes more and more irrelevant, moves by Congress and the President-elect must be very painful. This latest move will truly hurt. Congress will freeze State Department funds until Israel’s capitol moves to Jerusalem.
Free Beacon said a delegation of Republican senators is moving forward with the initiative. The Obama administration, like previous administrations, does not formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and has worked to stymie efforts to move the U.S. embassy there.
This comes as the Obama administration works behind the scenes on the condemnation of Israel at the U.N.
The effort is being spearheaded by Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), and Dean Heller (R., Nev.), all of whom support efforts by the incoming Trump administration to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem after years of debate.
“Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel,” Cruz said in a statement. “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,” Cruz said.
The bill would ORDER the White House to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital City.
This won’t sit well. The Obama White House has been caught scrubbing captions on official photographs that labeled Jerusalem as part of Israel. The administration also was entangled in a Supreme Court case when it refused to permit an American family to list its child’s birthplace as “Jerusalem, Israel.”
Eli Lake isn’t defending Obama’s policy towards Israel any longer. Last month, Barack Obama refrained from vetoing a U.N. resolution condemning building of homes and apartments in Jerusalem and other sacred holy areas.