US President Barack Obama on Friday invoked US national security interests to notify Congress he will not move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Former US presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush also submitted similar notifications to Congress during their terms. The notification is necessary under a 1995 law that authorized the embassy's relocation but left the decision to presidents.RELATED:Opinion: Washington Watch: Will Israel become a wedge issue?
Under the law, such declarations must be made every six months.
Obama issued the same declaration, which under the law must be made
every six months, during the first two years of his administration.
Obama's notification did not contain a commitment to moving the embassy
at some point in the future, unlike Clinton and Bush who did suggest
that this may be a possibility.