AIPAC applauds the Senate for unanimously approving Senate Resolution (S. Res.) 176 today that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
Authored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), the bipartisan resolution recognizes “there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Jerusalem for 3 millennia” and hails Jerusalem as a “united city in which the rights of all faiths have been respected and protected” since 1967.
This day also marks the 50-year anniversary of the beginning of the Six-Day War. This war of Israeli self-defense resulted in Jerusalem’s reunification. From 1948 to 1967, Israeli citizens from all religious backgrounds and Jewish people of all nationalities could not access Jerusalem’s Old City and holy sites. After the Six-Day War, Israel immediately eliminated constraints on the free exercise of religion, and supported access of Jews, Christians and Muslims to worship in Jerusalem, a practice which continues today.
Today’s Senate resolution:
Recognizes the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem;
Supports Israel’s commitment to religious freedom and administration of holy sites in Jerusalem;
Supports strengthening the mutually beneficial U.S.-Israel relationship;
Commends Egypt and Jordan for embracing a vision of peace and coexistence with Israel and upholding their peace agreements;
Reaffirms that the permanent status of Jerusalem remains a matter to be decided between the parties through final status negotiations towards a two-state solution; and
Reaffirms the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which recognizes Jerusalem as “the capital of the State of Israel.”