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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Hope and change on Jerusalem?

No, this is not the kind of hope and change that most of my readers are hoping for.

Late on Friday, the Obama administration issued Presidential determination 2009-19, which is the semi-annual waiver required since May 31, 1999 for the American government to avoid moving its Israeli embassy to Israel's capital city of Jerusalem.

While this waiver was given every six months by the Clinton and Bush administrations, James Robbins points out in the Corner that the Obama administration did something slightly different.
Nearly identical memos like this have been issued every six months for a decade. Standard procedure, no big deal, right? Well in the Bush years the memo contained the sentence, "My Administration remains committed to beginning the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem." The Obama team edited that passage out. This explains the Friday evening release I'm sure. A nice way to observe shabbat...
I'm sure Bob Wexler and Gary Ackerman will have an explanation.



At 6:09 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Obama is more honest than all his predecessors. I'm not holding my breath waiting for the US to ever move its embassy to Jerusalem.

At least Obama has dropped all excuses of the Clinton and Bush Administrations. I disagree with him on everything else but here Hopenchange has really cleared the air as to if the US will ever make that move.

The answer's clear indeed.


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