In June of this year, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution confirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. President Trump recently announced the U.S. would finally recognize what is known fact. Now, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is lashing out against 45, even though she voted in favor of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital multiple times!
Democrats are already revving up their outrage machine over President Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (fact check: it is), and to set in motion a plan to accordingly move the US embassy from Tel Aviv. Trump’s call is controversial and not without risk, but attempts to frame it as radically out of the mainstream or reckless are unfair and wrong. It’s important to note that multiple past presidents have affirmed Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or vowed to do precisely what Trump is finally doing — from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush to Barack Obama. Trump’s predecessors decided that their stances were better as applause lines than foreign policy; Trump, by contrast, is actually following through. Relatedly, California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a statement admonishing Trump that confirming and implementing his then-rumored decision would be “terrible” and dangerous:
Reports indicate the president will move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I wrote him last week to explain why that would be a terrible decision. pic.twitter.com/MV1o73nyDk
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) December 5, 2017
What’s interesting about this critique is that Trump is complying with a law passed by Congress (the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995) mandating that the US government relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s rightful capital city. Among the 93 Senators who voted for that law? Dianne Feinstein.
More from Times of Israel:
WASHINGTON — The US Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Monday that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
Co-sponsored by 17 senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D), the text calls on the legislative body to recognize the half a century landmark since Israel captured the eastern part of the city during the 1967 Six Day War.
Partisan politics 101.
Feinstein’s record speaks for itself, regardless of her anti-Trump antics today.
She voted as far back as 1995 to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Now, she wants to play games?