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House Panels Approve Measure Urging U.S. to Move Its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

A resolution urging the United States to move its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was approved by voice votes in both the Europe and Middle East and International Operations subcommittees of the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday.

Opposition to the resolution was expressed only by Reps. George Crockett (D. Mich.), Larry Winn (R. Kan.) and Ed Zschau (R. Calif.). The resolution is a sense of the Senate resolution and does not require the President’s signature. President Reagan has opposed moving the Embassy at this time.

A spokesman for Rep. Tom Lantos (D. Calif.) said that Lantos and Rep. Benjamin Gilman (R. NY) were urging Rep. Dante Fascell (D. Fla.), chairman of the full committee, to have the committee act on the bill immediately.

The spokesman said it is hoped that if the House acts, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will also move the bill to the Senate floor. However, it appeared unlikely that Congress can approve the resolution before it adjourns at the end of this week.