A U.S. senator drafted a bill demanding the recognition of Jerusalem as the unified and indivisible capital of Israel before any recognition of an independent Palestinian state.
The proposal, which was submitted by Senator Sam Brownback (Republican – Kansas), also calls on the international community and Arab countries
“180 days prior to the recognition of a Palestinian state, the U.S. would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” the proposal states. “Jerusalem is where the Israeli government, president, parliament, and High Court of Justice are situated.”
According to the bill, Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran and was never the capital of any other nation.
“Jerusalem is essential in Judaism, it is mentioned in the bible 766 times,” the proposal states.
Threat to national security
Brownback, a devout Catholic, is considered an avid supporter of Israel. He submitted the proposal also on the behalf of fellow Republican Senators Michael Crapo (Idaho) and Gordon Smith (Oregon).
The fact that solely Republicans signed the proposal does not bode well for its approval or implementation.
U.S. President’s Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have refused to carry out a Congress resolution from the mid 1990s that called to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, as they believe it would have a negative affect on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The Americans continue to delay the embassy’s move on account of what they claim are threats to national security.