Reviving call for US Embassy move to Jerusalem, a top Democratic senator criticizes Trump’s “indecisiveness.”
By Ben Cohen,The Algemeiner
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) renewed on Tuesday his call for the United States to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, criticizing along the way the mixed signals on the issue sent by President Donald Trump during his nine months in office.
“This year is the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, yet with 2018 fast approaching, the U.S. still hasn’t moved the embassy or made clear its commitment to Israel’s capital,” Schumer said in a statement. “President Trump’s recent comments suggest his indecisiveness on the embassy’s relocation.”
Schumer added: “As someone who strongly believes that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel, I am calling for the U.S. Embassy in Israel to be relocated to Jerusalem.” The senator went on to say that moving the embassy “as soon as possible would appropriately commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification and show the world that the U.S. definitively acknowledges Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
Last June — on the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem by the Israeli military during the 1967 Six-Day War — Schumer was among a bipartisan group of 17 senators who sponsored a resolution declaring, “Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected.”