U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday continued a long-standing U.S. policy of exercising a waiver to a Congressional law that provides for the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. The presidential decision came two days after the Israeli holiday celebrating the reunification of the capital in the Six-Day War in 1967.
The law requires presidents to issue a statement if they exercise the waiver allowing them not to carry out the Congressional demand to move to the embassy to Jerusalem, using the excuse that doing so would damage American security.
President Obama wrote U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “Pursuant to the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, 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 six months the limitations” of the Jerusalem embassy law.”
Like previous presidents, he did not explain how moving the embassy would harm the security of the United States.
The official WAFA Palestinian Authority website reported that PA spokesman Abu Rudeineh “welcomed” President Obama’s decision, adding that it is a “encouraging and it is consistent with President Obama’s vision of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.”
He added, “The world has made it clear that East Jerusalem [the mainstream media term for southern, northern and eastern Jerusalem] has been occupied since 1967 and that it is the capital of the State of Palestine in the framework of the two-state solution.”
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