Will Congress Freeze State Department Funds Over Israel?

In Politics by Orit ben Tzvi

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Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), and Dean Heller (R., Nev.) are pushing forward with a bill that will effectively freeze State Department funding until the US embassy is moved to Jerusalem.

“Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel,” Cruz said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s vendetta against the Jewish state has been so vicious that to even utter this simple truth—let alone the reality that Jerusalem is the appropriate venue for the American embassy in Israel—is shocking in some circles.”

“But it is finally time to cut through the double-speak and broken promises and do what Congress said we should do in 1995: formally move our embassy to the capital of our great ally Israel,” Cruz said.

The legislation forces the White House to identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which they have refused to do. The bill will freeze a big portion of the State Department’s funding until it completes the relocation.

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