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U.S. Embassy Move Becomes Law

Legislation requiring the United States to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by 1999 has become law without President Clinton’s signature.

The law was delivered to the national archives last week after Clinton allowed the deadline to veto the measure pass. The president has 10 days, excluding Sundays, to sign or veto a bill passed by both houses of Congress once it is received by the White House.

The measure, which overwhelmingly passed both houses of Congress, officially became law Nov. 8.

Citing concerns that the move would negatively impact the peace process, Clinton has vowed to enact a provision of the measure that would allow the president to delay the move in six-month intervals.

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