A cloud of delusion has captured the minds of too many people and too many media outlets who did read the wording of The US Embassy Jerusalem in 1995 and Recognition Act nor the US Senate resolution of this week, where the US rejects recognition of Jerusalem as sovereign to Israel.

Instead, news reports  herald a US Senate resolution which almost unanimously endorsed  the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.


No news report mentions that the same resolution rejects US recognition of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem…with the following clear directive…​​

5….” Reaffirms that it is the longstanding, bipartisan policy of the United States Government that the permanent status of Jerusalem remains a matter to be decided between the parties through final status negotiations towards a two-state solution”

In short. the US Senate resolution confirms that the US will not abandon its position from 1948 stating that all of Jerusalem must be a corpus separatum – an international zone. In that context,  the final wording of the 1995 US Embassy Jerusalem and Recognition Act removed all mention of Jerusalem as part of Israel and made no promise that Jerusalem would remain the exclusive capital of Israel.

The US policy against Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem preceded the War of Independence, when the US declared that Jerusalem must be defined as an international zone under US trusteeship, and remain extraterritorial to Israel.  The US State Department went so far as to appoint its own governor for Jerusalem.

The assassination of the UN envoy to Jerusalem in September, 1948 suspended that process, but did not cancel the U.S. policy.

People in Israel have no idea that if the US embassy moves its embassy to Jerusalem under current constraints of US law, that would establish a  “de jure” precedent that the US embassy would move to Jerusalem without recognition of any Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.

If the “embassy relocation act” is implemented under such circumstances. IF Israel objects to an Arab war education curriculum in Jerusalem, and IF Israel objects to a given policy at the Temple Mount , the US can simply say that “Jerusalem does not belong to you.”

The US State Department makes it clear that under the current law, even if the US embassy indeed moves to Jerusalem, US birth certificates will still be stamped Jerusalem, with no country listed.

Realities of the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act are  not lost on American citizens whose children were born in Jerusalem and whose children’s U.S. passports state “Jerusalem”, with no country listed, as the place of birth.

Our new grandson and new grandaughter, born in Jerusalem’s Shearei Tzedek and Hadassah hospitals last month, received their US birth certificates yesterday, stamped Jerusalem, with no country listed.

U.S. citizens who want their country to recognize Jerusalem as a part of Israel, may wish to advise Congress and White House that legislative change is in order.

Breaking through the cloud of Embassy Relocation Delusion may not be easy.


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.