Obama extends Jerusalem embassy waiver in 6 months

By JTA
June 6, 2013 13:44

 
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WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama extended for six months a waiver on a 1990s law that would move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I hereby determine that it is necessary, in order to protect the national security interests of the United States, to suspend for a period of 6 months” the provisions of the 1995 Act, Obama said Tuesday in a memorandum for the secretary of state.

Every president since the law’s passage has waived its provisions, citing national security, a reference to fears that such a move could hinder Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking and ignite anti-American violence.

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