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Next Year in Jerusalem

By Glenn Kessler
On the day when Sen. Barack Obama pledged -- like most presidential candidates -- to move the U.S.embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, President Bush released a memorandum to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice indicating that he was yet again waiving the law mandating that very move "in order to protect the national security interests of the United States."

Bush had also pledged to move the embassy when he was a presidential candidate, but every six months since taking office he has signed off on the law's waiver because the diplomatic blowback would be intense if the United States moved its embassy to the still disputed city. The law, which was passed in 1995, had said that the U.S. embassy should be moved no later than 1999. Former President Bill Clinton had also promised to move the embassy, but he also repeatedly signed the waiver.

During a Middle East trip in March, Sen. John McCain said he supported Jerusalem as "the capital of Israel," suggesting he too would back a move of the U.S. embassy.

And Bush, in his statement today, noted that "my administration remains committed to beginning the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem."

That leaves him with only eight months to deny Obama or McCain a chance to fulfill a campaign promise.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 4, 2008; 6:44 PM ET
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Comments

Just another politician on stage. This speech from Obama is so disppointing. It proved that there are only politicians who are politicians. Why can't the free nation support some straight up guy, instead of all these crappy liers and talkers..

Posted by: joray | June 5, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Dave is wrong, Jerusalem should unite the two peoples in peace. It can and should be the Capital of both Israel and Palestine!

Posted by: John H. | June 5, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Jerusalem should be the undivided Capital.....of Free Palestine!

Posted by: Dave | June 5, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Jerusalem should be the undivided Capitol.....of Free Palestine!

Posted by: Dave | June 5, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

i watched the Obama speach at AIPAC on BBC world, great speach!
I hope Pr Bush does moove the amabassy, than the next pres won't be blamed for it.

Posted by: willem | June 5, 2008 3:30 AM | Report abuse

The stranglehold AIPAC has on our country is scary. They spy on us. They own Congress. They own McLame and Hillary.

And it looks like they own Obama too.

AIPAC stands for Jim Crow Apartheit.

No American should stand for that.

Posted by: Tom3 | June 4, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I doubt Bush knows where Jerusalem is...

....he's searching google maps now hoping it is somewhere near Vegas.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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