S. J. RES. 12
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 25, 2007
Mr. Brownback (for himself, Mr. Smith, and Ms. Collins) introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations
Providing for the recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel before the United States recognizes a Palestinian state, and for other purposes.
This joint resolution may be cited as the
Congress makes the following findings:
Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years.
Jerusalem has never been the capital for any other state other than for the Jewish people.
Jerusalem is central to Judaism and is cited in the Tanach, the Hebrew Bible, 766 times.
Jerusalem is not mentioned by name in the Koran.
Every sovereign nation has the right to designate its own capital.
Jerusalem is the seat of the Government of Israel, including the President, the parliament, and the Supreme Court.
United States law states as a matter of United States policy that Jerusalem should be the undivided capital of Israel.
Israel is the only country in which the United States neither maintains an embassy in the city designated as the capital by the host country nor recognizes such city as the capital.
The citizens of Israel should be allowed to worship freely and according to their traditions.
Israel supports religious freedom for all faiths.
Relocating the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would express the continued support of the United States for Israel and for an undivided Jerusalem.
The year 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
Location of United States Embassy in Israel
Not later than 180 days before recognizing a Palestinian state, the United States shall move the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Recognition of Israel as undivided capital of Israel
The United States shall not recognize a Palestinian state until the international community resolves the status of Jerusalem by recognizing the city as the undivided capital of Israel.
Sense of Congress regarding freedom of worship
It is the sense of Congress that the citizens of Israel should be allowed, as a fundamental human right recognized by the United States and United Nations General Assembly resolution 181 of November 29, 1947, to worship freely and according to their traditions.