Mar 19 2013
As Obama heads to Middle East this week, Heller reintroduces legislation reinforcing current policy towards Israel
(Washington DC) -- Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act. This bill reaffirms the United States’ commitment to Israel by recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“By moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, this legislation simply enforces current policy while reaffirming our commitment to Israel, one of our oldest and strongest allies. Having spent time in Israel and seen firsthand the challenges that they face to ensure security and sovereignty, I believe the United States must stand firm in our commitment to the Israeli people. As President Obama travels to Israel this week, he has an opportunity to demonstrate that we will not waver in our support for a strong Israel and reaffirm Jerusalem as their capital,” said Senator Heller.
In 1995, Congress passed “The Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act,” which recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Heller’s bill withholds certain State Department funds until that relocation is complete.
Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Mark Kirk (R-IL) are cosponsors of the legislation. A PDF copy of the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act is below.