Clinton Again Uses Waiver to Avoid
Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
(December 17, 1999)
President Clinton once again invoked a national security
waiver on December 17, 1999, allowing him to postpone moving the U.S.
Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The law allowing the waiver requires the issue to be revisited every six
When Clinton invoked the waiver for the first time in
June, some Jewish groups expressed disappointment, and some members of
Congress threatened to introduce legislation to take away the president's
waiver right in an effort to force him to comply with the law within the
next year, but with Congress in recess and many others in Washington away
for the holidays or focused on the Israel-Syria talks, Clinton's move went
By invoking the waiver contained in the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy
Act, which called for the embassy to have been moved by May 31, 1999,
Clinton allows the administration to avoid financial penalties for not
complying with the law.