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Friday, June 18, 2004

1995 Law requires American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capitol
and relocation of American embassy to Jerusalem

Pres. Bush still stalling, cites U.S. "national security" issues
ZOA: During the 2000 election campaign, Mr. Bush pledged that if elected, he would "begin the process" of moving the embassy to Jerusalem on his "first day in office." Although nearly four years have passed, there is no evidence that he has begun that "process."

Moreover, President Bush has repeatedly invoked the "national security" clause of that law, which enables him to postpone implementing the law if moving the embassy would endanger U.S. national security. This week, he again invoked that clause. The administration has never explained exactly how the moving of the embassy would harm national security.

ZOA president, Morton Klein said,
"The failure to recognize Jerusalem is a violation of U.S. law and a blatant surrender to Arab terrorist threats. At a time when America is engaged in a life-or-death struggle with terrorists worldwide, it is especially important to implement U.S. law on Jerusalem and thereby send a message to terrorists everywhere that America will not capitulate to their blackmail. It is President Bush's refusal to move the embassy which could undermine national security because it encourages terrorists to believe that threats and violence will force the U.S. to change its policies."
Arutz Sheva quotes Pres. Clinton as saying in 2000 (after the failed Camp David talks),
"I have always wanted to do it. I've always thought it was the right thing to do. But I didn't want to do anything to undermine the peace process ..."
You can read the President's Memorandum at the White House website and you can respond directly by writing an email to president@whitehouse.gov - or perhaps more effectively, FAX your comments to 202-456-2461.