The U.S. Senate adopted a resolution on the transfer of the Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem
WASHINGTON, June 6 — RIA Novosti. The U.S. Senate on Monday passed a resolution calling for the transfer of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict based on the principle of “two States”.
The document was voted by the majority of the 100 senators.
As noted in the annotation to the resolution “On celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem,” the document confirms “long-standing bipartisan U.S. policy that the permanent status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved between the parties through negotiations on the final status in relation to the solution of two States”.
It also confirms the norm of the law of 1995, which provided for the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
The Senate resolution is not binding and reflects the position of the highest legislative body in the United States at the indicated question.
As a result of victory in the six day war of 1967 Israel took control of East Jerusalem, the law separated him from the West Bank of the Jordan river and declared its sovereignty over a United Jerusalem. The Palestinians do not recognize this decision and consider the city their capital.
Congress in 1995 passed a law on the transfer of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but because of the disputed status of the city of presidents every six months sign a document postponing the execution of this decision.
In June the White house announced that President Donald trump decided to keep the Embassy in tel Aviv for at least another six months, although he had previously expressed the desire to move the mission to Jerusalem.
A plan for a peaceful settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict based on the principle of “two States” was supported by previous US administrations. However, trump after coming to power said that would not insist on this principle. During his visit in may to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the President expressed confidence that the Israelis and the Palestinians could negotiate a truce, promised to help and said that secured the obligations of both parties to work on resolving. From the concretization of peace initiatives he declined.