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Senate votes to keep U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem permanently

A sign on a bridge leading to the US Embassy compound ahead the official opening in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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UPDATED 10:14 AM PT – Friday, February 5, 2021

The Senate overwhelmingly passed an amendment to keep the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem permanently. The measure was passed with near unanimous support late Thursday with 97 senators voting in favor.

While President Trump was first to implement the decades old proposition to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, congressional approval shields the measure from reversal by future administrations.

While Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) voted against the move, GOP lawmakers argued this law should not be controversial.

“It’s been our position in the United States for 25 years, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and we should have our embassy in Jerusalem,” stated Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.). “This is not controversial; in 1995 the same amendment was 93 to 5, in 2017 it was 90 to 0.”

Hagerty added, the measure contributes to the recognition of Jerusalem as the “eternal and indivisible” capital of Israel, which is paving the way for peace across the region.

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