Congressional Group Urges President Trump to Move Embassy

Trump, Israel Trip, Embassy Move
The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

U.S. President Donald Trump made no mention of moving the U.S. embassy to Yerushalayim during his visit this week; and with a deadline approaching, a group of Congressmen have urged him to act.

“The American Embassy belongs in the Jewish capital of Jerusalem,” Congressional Israel Allies Caucus co-chairman Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) was quoted as saying by The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

“It does not take a national security expert to know that the Kosel is in Israel. I know that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the undivided capital of Israel, because when I visited the Prime Minister, the Supreme Court, the Knesset, the very institutions of Israeli democracy, we meet in Jerusalem,” Engel added.

The bipartisan group hopes that Mr. Trump will make the decision by June 1st, the day the president must either sign a waiver overriding a 1995 law requiring the embassy move, or allow it to go forward.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) said “next month, when it comes time to sign the waiver that the president just can’t find his pen.”

Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) quipped that “I will go defend Israel, and in Texas we will take our own firearms.”

CIAC co-chairman Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) added, “I don’t know any other country in the world that isn’t able to name its own capital.”

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