Obama delays relocation of U.S. embassy to Jerusalem for final time

Obama delays relocation of U.S. embassy to Jerusalem for final time
President Barack Obama speaks Wednesday during his meeting with the 2016 American Nobel Prize winners. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama on Thursday renewed a six-month waiver pushing a decision on whether to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

In his letter, Obama said he determined that it is “necessary” for national security to once again delay implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995.

The act was passed by Congress in 1995 and called for Jerusalem to be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel — currently Jerusalem is Israel’s declared capital, but it is not internationally recognized. That recognition is dependent on the result of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The law has never been implemented because it was opposed by Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump said he favors moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, even though no U.S. administration has yet officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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