2017-11-22 / Mideast

Congressional panel considers a move

A congressional panel heard testimony on whether the United States should move its Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem.

The hearing by the national security subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee was not attached to any bill. Since 1995, Congress has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and mandated the move there.

Presidents since then have exercised a national security waiver, which lasts six months. President Donald Trump exercised the waiver in June, although he had campaigned on moving the embassy from Tel Aviv.

The hearing appeared essentially performative and not aimed at advancing any legislation. It was geared to make the case that Trump should announce a move before Dec. 1, the next deadline to waive the 1995 law. (JTA)

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