WASHINGTON – If President Donald Trump doesn’t affirmatively sign a waiver Thursday not to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it will be moved under a law passed in 1995.
Unless Trump signs a waiver as did Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama before midnight, the decision to make the historic move will have been made by non-action.
On October 23, 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and requiring the U.S. Embassy to be moved there by May 31, 1999. The law passed the Senate by 93-5 and the House by 374-37. Yet the law was never implemented because of opposition from former Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama. Each president took advantage of a waiver provision in the Jerusalem Embassy Act, enabling them to certify, every six months, that it is not yet time to move the U.S. Embassy.
The White House has indicated Trump had not yet made a final decision.