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Newsline: US embassy to remain in Tel Aviv

President Barack Obama signed a waiver which prevents moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Congress passed a law in 1995 mandating the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but allowed the President to exercise a waiver delaying the move. The waiver must be renewed every six months. Thursday marked the eighth time Obama has signed the waiver, which has been signed by every President since Bill Clinton, each time citing “national security” as the reason for the delay. However, this could be the last time the waiver is renewed – if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign promises. During the election campaign, Trump promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in recognition of Jerusalem being Israel’s capital city.



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