Like predecessors, Obama declines embassy move

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Posted: Jun 03, 2011 7:47 PM
Like predecessors, Obama declines embassy move

Following the practice of his predecessors, President Barack Obama has invoked U.S. national security interests to notify Congress he will not move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The notification is necessary under a 1995 law that authorized the embassy's relocation but left the decision to presidents. Bill Clinton and George Bush submitted similar notifications to Congress. Under the law, such declarations must be made every six months.

Obama also issued them during the first two years of his administration.

The location of the embassy is sensitive in Mideast peace negotiations because both Israel and Palestinians claim it as their capital

While Clinton and Bush had indicated a commitment to moving the embassy at some point, Obama's notification does not contain that language.