A Rare Example of Sanity and Bipartisanship in Washington: 97 Senators Agree That the U.S. Embassy Should Remain in Jerusalem | American Center for Law and Justice

A Rare Example of Sanity and Bipartisanship in Washington

By Skip Ash1612904969569

If you’ve been following what’s been going on in Congress recently, you will know that last week the Senate held a marathon, all-night, session to deal with the COVID-19 Budget Reconciliation bill recently passed by the House of Representatives. The House bill, as expected, contained virtually every progressive bell and whistle on the Democrats’ wish list of projects to fund, Trump policies to defund, and so on.

As part of the process in the Senate, conservatives were able to propose scores of amendments to force each Senator to publicly take a stand on various issues, like whether to continue to build “the wall,” or give COVID-19 relief checks to illegal aliens, or raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, or continue to build the XL pipeline, or rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, and so on and so forth.

Like many conservatives, I was disappointed with most of the decisions; but, as has been repeated a lot lately, elections do indeed have consequences. We are even now beginning to see the contours of those consequences.

One of the amendments proposed by conservative Senators during the marathon all-nighter was to get the Senate on record regarding whether the U.S. Embassy should remain in Jerusalem or be moved back to Tel Aviv where it was previously located. This was a rare ray of sunshine in an otherwise dark and cloudy day. By a vote of 97-3, the United States Senate voted to keep our embassy in Jerusalem. The three nay votes were by Senators Sanders (I-VT), Warren (D-MA), and Carper (D-DE). All Republicans, 46 Democrats, and one Independent who caucuses with the Democrats voted aye.

This was a welcome example of bipartisanship. Hopefully, it will not be the last. In one sense, it was a very pleasant surprise, given that many Democrats are so viscerally hostile to the Trump presidency and all that it achieved that they seem ready to abandon sound policies pursued by President Trump and take up the failed policies of the Obama Administration simply because the sound policies were initiated by Donald Trump.

For example, you may recall that key foreign policy experts in the Obama Administration had severely criticized President Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, arguing that such a move would set the region on fire. Not only did that not occur, there was hardly a serious fuss anywhere in the Arab world.

Moreover, bold action by President Trump actually opened up the region inter alia to the following realities: that Israel was there to stay; that the greatest threat to peace in the region was not Israel (it was Iran); and that Arab nations’ knee-jerk opposition to Israel in reality meant that they were cutting off their noses to spite their faces by continuing to allow the Palestinians (who had neither desire nor incentive to make peace with Israel nor the best interests of their Arab brothers at heart) to dictate their economic and foreign policies.

The Abraham Accords were genius. They cracked open the Arab world to a new reality with Israel. Not only have four Arab countries recently recognized Israel, but the non-Arab, Muslim majority European State of Kosovo has also established diplomatic relations with Israel and has gone a step further by declaring its intent to establish its embassy in Jerusalem.

Despite the bipartisan U.S. Embassy vote ray of sunshine, I fear that more and more failed policies pursued by the Obama Administration that were demonstrably not in our national interest—like the nuclear agreement with Iran and the Paris Climate Accord and open borders—are about to be resurrected and reimplemented.

We at the ACLJ will remain diligent and ready to do what is necessary to counter policies harmful to the national interests of the United States. We ask you to stand with us in this important cause.

Defend Israel from Anti-Israel Attacks

Israel  Signatures


Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.

Make this a monthly Tax-Deductible gift.

As we vigorously fight to defend Israel & the Jewish people from vicious attacks, every gift is MATCHED. Chip in $5 or more. Have your gift doubled through our Matching Challenge.

Email Address is required.
First Name is required.
Last Name is required.
Credit Card Number is required.
Verification Code is required.
Expiration Month is required.
Expiration Year is required.
Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from the ACLJ.
Encourage your friends to sign and donate by sharing this petition.
Latest in

Biden Administration Deletes Details About Palestinian Terror

By Jordan Sekulow1625692968329

The Biden Administration is planning to restart funding for the Palestinian Authority (PA) by sending U.S. taxpayer dollars to the PA which aids terrorist organizations. To make matters worse, in a new State Department report that is sent to Congress yearly mandated by the 1990 Palestine Liberation...

read more

The Conflict in Israel: A Post War Debriefing

By Mark Goldfeder1623157140000

Over the last few years, you have probably seen some version of the following set of claims, often used during the height of a conflict to justify terrorist actions in order to make murder understandable, if not acceptable: Israel is an illegal occupier, practicing apartheid, and — as if that...

read more

Setting the Record Straight and Defending Israel at the UN

By Jordan Sekulow1623070740000

We have just taken major action in defense of Israel’s interests through our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) once again before the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), a body known for its anti-Israel bias . This time not only did we defend Israel, but...

read more

President Biden Is Opening a "Palestinian" Consulate in Jerusalem

By Jeff Ballabon1622223923935

It seems as though everything the new Biden Administration is doing in the Middle East is dedicated to harming Israel: empowering a nuclear Iran; rolling back the historic achievements of the Abraham Accords; and rewarding the intransigent, corrupt leadership of those who seek to wipe Israel off...

read more

American Center for Law and Justice | Washington D.C. | Copyright © 2021, ACLJ | Privacy & Security Policy | Annual Report

The ACLJ is an organization dedicated to the defense of constitutional liberties secured by law.

Visit ACLJ.org/help to submit a legal help request. All legal requests submitted via any other method cannot be answered.

Through our $1 Million Matching Challenge, all gifts will be doubled, dollar-for-dollar, up to the online daily total.

American Center for Law and Justice is a d/b/a for Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism, Inc., a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, religious corporation as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, specifically dedicated to the ideal that religious freedom and freedom of speech are inalienable, God-given rights. The Center's purpose is to engage legal, legislative and cultural issues by implementing an effective strategy of advocacy, education and litigation to ensure that those rights are protected under the law. The organization has participated in numerous cases before the Supreme Court, Federal Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts, and various state courts regarding freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Your gift is very much appreciated and fully deductible as a charitable contribution. A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained by writing to us at P.O. Box 90555, Washington, DC 20090-0555.