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Embassy Row: Is Jerusalem in Israel?
Question of the Day
However, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have invoked a waiver that allows a president to postpone moving the embassy for national security reasons.
Ms. Ros-Lehtinen faulted all three presidents for evading the issue.
“The Obama administration has followed in the flawed footsteps of its predecessors by refusing to fully implement U.S. law and move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem,” she said.
The issue reached the Supreme Court last month, when the parents of a 9-year-old boy born in Jerusalem challenged the State Department for refusing to recognize his birthplace as being within Israel.
The court, in an 8-1 decision, ruled that the State Department was ignoring a 2002 law that allows U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace on their passports.
The controversy over Jerusalem surfaced in the race for the Republican presidential nomination this week.
As a Republican presidential candidate, former Sen. Rick Santorum criticized front-runner Mitt Romney for sidestepping a question in December about recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
“I support recognizing a united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” he wrote Monday in the New York Daily News, “and I will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.”
On Tuesday, however, Mr. Santorum suspended his presidential campaign.
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