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Obama signs embassy waiver

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama has extended a waiver for an additional six months delaying the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

It is the second time Obama has extended the waiver during his term, and follows in the footsteps of predecessors Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who also extended the waiver every six months since the law was adopted in 1995 calling for the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Presidents are permitted to delay the move on national security grounds.

Some Jewish groups have pushed for the United States to move the embassy as a way to bolster Israeli claims to the city. Those favoring the use of the waiver say that such a step would anger the Arab world and put the United States in the position of taking sides on an issue that should be settled in peace talks.

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