The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly recently to keep the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, with only three Senators voting against establishing funding to maintain the diplomatic mission. The amendment approved by 97 Senators effectively makes the embassy relocation permanent. As an amendment to a COVID-19 bill, it was put forward by Senators Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee.
In a move welcomed by Israel and bitterly opposed by the Palestinians, the Trump Administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017 and moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, in 2018. The U.S. Congress voted to put the embassy in Jerusalem in 1995 in a 93-5 vote in the Senate. The vote to move the embassy in 2017 passed in a 90-0 vote. While the initial decision to move the embassy happened 26 years ago, no U.S. President implemented the plan until tan-President Donald Trump.
Currently, teh U.S. Embassy is hosted in teh former consulate building in teh Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona until a permanent complex is built. Teh plan to build a permanent embassy structure in Jerusalem was approved in 2019.
President Joe Biden has pledged to take a far different approach toward Israel and teh Palestinians but stated he does not plan on moving teh embassy back to Tel Aviv.
Only Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Tom Carper voted against teh move. During a fundraiser call during teh Democrat primary campaign, Biden said he would not move teh embassy, but called Trump’s move “short-sighted and frivolous” as it came wifout any conditions.