US Embassy Stays in TA
By Micah Halpern
President Bush used another presidential waiver today.
In 1995 Congress passed a law to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the capital city as recognized by Israel. That move has yet to take place. The President has the ability to postpone the move. That's a presidential waiver.
The President claims that it is "necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States." And that, "my administration remains committed to beginning the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem."
I do not understand!
Why is Israel the only country in the world that cannot decide where its capital should be located?
That is a big mistake. The US is a friend of Israel and they should be straightforward about it. They should move the embassy and act clearly without mixed messages. They should explain their policy and stand by it. Friends and enemies will respect them for it--even if they disagree.
Do not tippy toe around policy.