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Moving The Embassy: It’s The Law, Not Just A Campaign Promise

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

During the course of the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised on several occasions that he would move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Jerusalem is designated by Israel as its capital although it is not formally recognized as such by the international community.)

Israel is the only country in the world whose choice of capital city is not honored internationally, and Mr. Trump vowed to set this right. Since his victory, though, there has been speculation in some quarters as to whether Mr. Trump would carry through on his commitment or abandon it after winning the election, putting him in the same place as his predecessors.

But it seems the president-elect is someone who would honor his word on this as both a matter of personal principle and a blow for equity and justice. And since Mr. Trump aspires to establish a “law and order” administration, we think it relevant to note that since the enactment of the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act of 1995 – which required that the U.S. embassy in Israel be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by 1999 – the movement of the embassy has not been a mere matter of an elected official making good on a campaign promise but rather a legal imperative.

Yet Presidents Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama avoided implementing the law by reading into it a fictional presidential waiver of the relocation requirement. We are encouraged that Mr. Trump has signaled that he will have no truck with such legal legerdemain.

Here are some pertinent excerpts from the relocation law and how three presidents have distorted it. Only Section 3 and Section 7 of the law need concern us here:

 

SEC. 3: TIMETABLE.

(a) STATEMENT OF THE POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES

(1) Jerusalem should remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected;

(2) Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and

(3) the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31,1999

 

(b) OPENING DETERMINATION – Not more than 50 percent of the funds appropriated to the Department of State for fiscal year 1999 for ‘Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad’ may be obligated until the Secretary of State determines and reports to Congress that the United States Embassy in Jerusalem has officially opened.

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SEC. 7.: PRESIDENTIAL WAIVER.

(a) Waiver Authority

 

(1) Beginning on October 1, 1998, the President may sus­pend the limitation set forth in section 3(b) for a period of six months if he determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.

(2) The President may suspend such limitation for an additional six-month period at the end of any period dur­ing which the suspension is in effect under this subsection ­if the President determines and reports to Congress in advance of the additional suspension that the additional suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.

 

So every six months following the implementation date for moving the embassy, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama sent Congress the following notification:

Pursuant to the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 7(a) of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995… (the “Act”), I hereby determine that it is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States to suspend for a period of 6 months the limitation set forth in Sec. 3(b) of the Act.

Plainly, Sec.3 (a) declares that the embassy must be moved, no ifs, ands, or buts. Equally as plain, if the em­bassy is not relocated, Sec. 3(b) imposes, as a penalty, substantial restrictions on the ability of the State Depart­ment to spend money on “acquisition and maintenance of buildings abroad.”

However, when one reads the waiver/suspension provi­sion, Sec. 7 (a)(1), it explicitly says that “the President may suspend the limitation set forth in Sec. 3 (b)…to pro­tect the national security interests of the United States.”

If words mean anything, the president thus may suspend the Sec. 3 (b) penalty provision – that is, the limitation on the ability to spend funds for acquisition and maintenance. But nowhere is the president given the authority to suspend the Sec. 3(a) legal obligation to move the em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Indeed, no president has ever even referred to a suspension of Sec.3 (a).

Ironically, every time Mr. Trump’s predecessors sent the notification to Congress they implicitly reaffirmed the general applicability of the obligation to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

We are also constrained to note the outrageous threats from Palestinian Authority about meeting any attempt to move the embassy with dire measures. Mr. Trump is not likely to be intimidated by such threats.

We are optimistic that as Mr. Trump as president will finally bring the U.S. government into compliance with an important congressional enactment.

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PA UN Envoy Threatening to Make Trump’s Life Miserable for Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

In a priceless demonstration of the Arabs’ 600-year long failure to appreciate new realities, Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian Authority’s UN Ambassador, on Friday warned President-elect Donald Trump that if he dared move the US embassy to Jerusalem, he and his ilk would “make life miserable” for the United States at the United Nations.

“If people attack us by moving the embassy to Jerusalem, which is a violation of Security Council resolutions, it is a violation of resolution 181 of the UN general assembly that was drafted by the US … it means they are showing belligerency towards us … If they do that nobody should blame us for unleashing all of the weapons that we have in the UN to defend ourselves and we have a lot of weapons in the UN,” Mansour said.

Mansour did demonstrate that he was still living on Planet Earth by conceding that the Security Council would not vote to condemn such a move by the US, because, well, the US is a veto wielding member of the Security Council. But that did not hold the PA rep back from warning the incoming president. “Maybe I can’t have resolutions in the Security Council but I can make their lives miserable everyday with precipitating a veto on my admission as a member state.”

Mansour, who served as the Deputy Permanent Observer of the PLO to the United Nations from 1983 to 1994, succeeded Nasser al-Qudwa as Permanent Observer for Palestine to the UN in 2005. On November 29, 2012, 65 years to the day after the Arabs forever ruined their chance for a legitimate state in the UN Partition vote, the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations was upgraded to “non-Member Observer State.” Now, it appears, Ambassador Mansour made sure no further upgrades may be coming. Especially when he promised Trump he would drag him to the International Criminal Court of Justice in the Hague.

Taking Trump to court — now, that’ll scare him.

Mansour warned that “it is illegal to defy Security Council resolutions that the US is party to it that the unilateral action by Israel annexing East Jerusalem is illegal and it is null and void. If the US administration wants to defy international law they are doing something illegal.”

Trump’s plan to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem sounds radically different coming from his key advisor Jason Greenblatt than from his other key advisor, Walid Phares. The former has spread enthusiastic promises regarding the move before the election, the latter has told the BBC that the move depended on there being a favorable “consensus.”

On Saturday night’s satirical show Back of the Nation, comic Rotem Abuhav said moving the embassy would be a nightmare, seeing as it would permanently clog the already jammed city traffic, making it impossible for Israelis to receive consular services. Abuhav suggested that from now on, instead of taking a trip to see America, she and her family would just take a trip to the US embassy to take the Visa Application ride.

David Israel

Jerusalem Mayor Congratulates Trump, Reminds Him to Move US Embassy

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat send a congratulatory letter to President-Elect Donald Trump.

Barkat reminded Trump of his promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, “In your term as President, I am confident that you will continue to empower our city by reaffirming its sovereignty and moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.”

In a handwritten note on the official letter, Barkat added “Mazal Tov Mr. President!”

Dear President-Elect Trump,

On behalf of the city of Jerusalem, I am writing to congratulate you on your victory. I am certain you will lead the American people with dignity towards a bright future for the United States.

The United States has been the most important ally of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. This steadfast alliance is based on our shared values of freedom and democracy.

You have been a dedicated friend of Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel and the heart and soul of the Jewish people, and for that I thank you. In your term as President, I am confident that you will continue to empower our city by reaffirming its sovereignty and moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

I look forwards to your support as we continue to build and develop the city of Jerusalem for all its residents. Together, we will ensure a successful and vibrant future for Jerusalem and the United States,

Sincerely,

Nir Barkat
Mayor of Jerusalem

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's letter to President-Elect Donald Trump - Nov. 9, 2016

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s letter to President-Elect Donald Trump – Nov. 9, 2016

Jewish Press News Briefs

Shaked to Victorious Trump: Let’s Move that Embassy to Jerusalem!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) on Wednesday morning issued a statement calling on President Elect Donald Trump to make good on his campaign promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I congratulate US President Elect Donald Trump, a true friend of Israel,” Shaked said. “I’m certain Trump will know how to courageously navigate the free world to successful destinations in the war against world terrorism. This is an opportunity for the American Administration to move the United States’ embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital city.”

Shaked noted that “such a move would symbolize the tight connection and deep friendship between our two countries.”

Back in October, Ivanka Trump told assembled members of The Shul of Bal Harbour in Surfside, Florida, that her father would “100 percent” move the US embassy to Jerusalem should he be elected president.

A year ago, in an appearance before the Republican Jewish Coalition, Trump would not go on record as recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but last January he said the city was “the eternal capital” of Israel and that he was “100 percent for” moving the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 was passed by Congress on October 23, 1995, calling for initiating and funding the relocation of the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no later than May 31, 1999. Congress even attempted to withhold 50% of the State Department budget for Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad until the United States Embassy in Jerusalem had officially opened. The same act also called for Jerusalem to remain an undivided city and to be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel.

Since its passage, the law has never been implemented by Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, who saw it as an infringement on their constitutional authority to conduct foreign policy. To add insult to injury, all three, Clinton, Bush and Obama, had pledged on their campaign trails to move the embassy to the “eternal city.”

JNi.Media

Britain’s PM Theresa May Visits Israeli Embassy to Pay Respects

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May visited the Israeli Embassy in London on Wednesday to pay her respects and offer condolences on the passing of Israel’s ninth President, Shimon Peres, z’l, last week.

The prime minister signed the Embassy’s Book of Condolences during her visit.

“Honoured to welcome PM Theresa May @Number10gov to @IsraelinUK today to sign the Book of Condolences for our late President Shimon Peres” tweeted Ambassador Mark Regev.

England’s Prince Charles of Wales attended the funeral for the 93-year-old former president last Friday (Sept. 30) together with a delegation of top leaders from Great Britain who had known and spent many years exchanging views with the elder statesman.

Hana Levi Julian

Man Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Shot Outside Israel’s Embassy in Turkey [video]

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

A man brandishing a knife and shouting “Allahu Akbar” was shot by police as he was storming the Israeli embassy in Ankara, Turkey Wednesday afternoon, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman and Turkish police said in a statement. Turkish police told Reuters that the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he was rushing the embassy before being shot in the leg.

“The staff is safe,” said the statement, “The attacker was wounded before he reached the embassy. The assailant was shot and wounded by a local security man.”

The area outside the embassy was cordoned off and Police examined the bag the attacker was carrying and it either did not contain explosives, or the explosives were not activated, according to Reuters.

CNN’s Turkish channel reported the man had attempted to stab embassy personnel before being shot in the leg, and appeared mentally unstable. Turkish NTV reported two assailants had tried to storm the embassy.

David Israel

Israeli Embassy in Dakar Gave Sheep to Needy for Eid al-Adha

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Israel’s Ambassador to Senegal Paul Hirschson extended the best wishes of the Jewish State last week for an “Eid Mubarak” on the occasion of the Islamic Festival of the Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, in a unique fashion.

“Khalif Ba helped us give 70 sheep to needy families for Tabaski, (Eid al Adha), Senegal’s most revered holiday,” Hirschson said in a post on the Embassy’s Facebook page. “We also gave three sheep each to six orphanages in Dakar.

Senegalese intellectual Penda Mbow.

“Penda Mbow, one of the most significant intellectuals in Senegal, joined the group as a representative of the First Lady,” he added.

Israel saves and enhances lives daily in what may be one of the least developed parts of the world, he told JewishPress.com in a separate email exchange.

Trade, investment and joint ventures are up, with Israeli companies prospering while generating employment and skills locally.

Hana Levi Julian

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