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U.S. Policy on Jerusalem:
Presidential Waiver on Jerusalem Embassy Act

Policy on Jerusalem: Table of Contents | Public Opinion | 1963 Policy Memorandum

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In October 1995, Congress adopted the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, noting that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that the U.S. Embassy should be moved there from Tel Aviv no later than May 31, 1999.
The Act also included a stipulation allowing the President to issue a waiver every six months to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv if he determines such is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.
Since 1999, each President - Clinton, Bush and Obama - has used the waiver, a copy of which is presented below:

Presidential Memorandum -
Suspension of Limitations Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act

SUBJECT: Suspension of Limitations under the Jerusalem Embassy Act

Pursuant to the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 7(a) of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-45)(the "Act"), 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 limitations set forth in sections 3(b) and 7(b) of the Act.

You are authorized and directed to transmit this determination to the Congress, accompanied by a report in accordance with section 7(a) of the Act, and to publish the determination in the Federal Register.

This suspension shall take effect after the transmission of this determination and report to the Congress.

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