Democratic Majority for Israel President and CEO Mark Mellman today issued the following statement:

“We applaud all 47 Democratic senators who voted to keep the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, in line with the policy advocated by President Biden during his campaign and by Secretary of State Antony Blinken at his confirmation hearing.

“The reality is that every country in the world chooses its own capital, and Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s Knesset, its Prime Minister, its Supreme Court, and other government offices. The history is also clear: Israel was the capital of a Jewish state for 1,000 years, as it has been since Israel was reborn as an independent country in 1948. While Jerusalem is home to the holy sites of three religions, in its 3,000-year history, Jerusalem has never been the capital of anything other than a Jewish state.

“The approval of this amendment shows that once again, despite a few outliers, the vast majority of elected Democratic senators remain proudly pro-Israel.”