Dem Senator Says Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem Is ‘a Terrible Idea’ — So Why’d She Vote for It?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has been a mixed bag when it comes to the Trump administration so far.
Despite opposing — sometimes vocally — the president’s agenda, Feinstein has also said that she doesn’t hope to see him fail.
But on Tuesday, Feinstein responded to President Donald Trump’s plan to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — and she wasn’t thrilled:
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
Calling it “a terrible decision,” Feinstein included in her tweet a memo that she had written to the White House explaining her concerns — mainly that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would “spark violence” and “undermine the prospects of a two-state solution.”
But what Feinstein left out was the fact that just 22 years ago, she voted in favor of the measure she is now warning President Trump not to pursue.
S. 1322, otherwise known as the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, passed 93-5 with one abstention.
The bill was described as follows:
Feinstein was among the “yeas”:
The measure also passed the House in 1995 despite pushback from the Clinton administration — but it included a waiver that allowed the president to unilaterally push the deadline for the move.
According to S.1322, the embassy was to be moved by 1999 — but President Bill Clinton and every subsequent president have used that provision to delay the move.
Moving the embassy, then, would simply mean that legislation Feinstein voted for would be enacted 22 years later — but now it seems she’s changed her mind.