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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Did Obama just sign the last waiver before Trump moves the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem?

JERUSALEM — As he has every six months of his administration, President Obama signed a waiver Thursday ordering the U.S. Embassy in Israel to remain in Tel Aviv — and not be moved to Jerusalem, as Congress has requested and the Israelis would like. Obama is not alone. Every president since the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 was passed by Congress has signed the waiver every six months, determining the delay is necessary “to protect the national security interests of the United States.” But during his campaign, Donald Trump vowed to move the seaside embassy — and pronto. With the Republican’s election, many Israelis — including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat — say they hope Trump will honor his promise. “This will symbolize the close relationship and courageous friendship between the two nations,” said Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

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