Saturday, June 6, 2009

Next Year (Not) in Jerusalem

The Washington Times' James Robbins writes:

Late on Friday The Washington Times' Christian Bourge obtained a copy of Presidential Determination 2009-19, latest in a series of pro forma memos to the Secretary of State entitled "Suspension of Limitations Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act." This determination is a legally required waiver under said act to continue to delay the May 31, 1999 deadline for moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Nearly identical memos like this have been issued every six months for the last decade.

Standard procedure, no big deal, right? Well in the Bush years the memo contained the sentence,
"My Administration remains committed to beginning the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem."

The Obama team has edited that passage out. This explains the Friday evening release. Congress should revisit the Jerusalem Embassy Act and remove the loophole that has allowed this charade to continue for ten years. Meanwhile the president should explain exactly what his policy is on this issue, and why he is not committed to beginning the process of moving the embassy.

From here.

As Christians depart the Holy Land in record numbers, and pressure builds on Israel to compromise with the Palestinians, and private talks are held between the US President and the King of Sauid Arabia... Well, it makes one wonder if Tel Aviv might not be a more secure site for the US embassy.

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