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US Congress passes resolution marking Jerusalem unification

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image Netanyahu and US Congress members, including Senator Chuck Schumer next to the prime minister on the left. (photo credit:AVI OHAYON - GPO)

The non-binding Senate measure was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

WASHINGTON -- Marking fifty years since the outbreak of the Six Day War, the US Senate on Monday passed a resolution celebrating Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided" capital and calling on the Trump administration to move the US embassy there.

The non-binding Senate measure was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the chamber's top-ranking Democrat, and passed with overwhelming bipartisan support with a final vote of 90-0.

In passing the resolution, the Senate reaffirmed its support for the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which compels the US State Department to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the ancient city. US President Donald Trump waived that requirement last week, citing national security interests.

"It is very fitting that the Senate passed this resolution 50 years to the day of the start of the Six Day War," Schumer said in a statement. "The semi-centennial of the reunification of Jerusalem is an important milestone for Israel and Jewish people across the globe given that Jerusalem has been a focal point of Jewish life for thousands of years."

Congress will mark the occasion with a formal Capitol Hill event on Tuesday co-hosted by the Knesset.

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