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Obama Postpones Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem (June 1, 2012)

Return to: Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act of 1995

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For the fifth time, U.S. President Barack Obama delayed moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for a period of six months  citing national security concerns. Since the Jerusalem Embassy Act was passed ordering its transfer, U.S. presidents have routinely delayed the move.

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

June 01, 2012

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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