U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement praising the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem today.
“Today we mark two important occasions: the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel and the official opening of our U.S. Embassy in the capital of Israel, Jerusalem. I am pleased President Trump has chosen to stand for freedom and democracy by moving the embassy—a move I called for over 20 years ago. Today’s action ends the decades of ambiguity on U.S. policy in the Middle East and paves the way to a lasting peace. I hope to visit our new embassy in Jerusalem soon.”
Sen. Jim Inhofe was an original cosponsor of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, legislation that requires the United States to establish its embassy in Jerusalem.
The legislation includes a provision for a presidential waiver, which must be renewed every six months. Every U.S. president since President Bill Clinton had signed the waiver, keeping the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv.
In December, Sen. Inhofe praised President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.