AJIRI #40: The Status of Jerusalem

August 2012

Recent events have introduced the question of the status of Jerusalem into the political debate.  That in turn has produced a good deal of media commentary, reminding the general public of the fact that the seat of government of the State of Israel is Jerusalem, but the U.S. Embassy, as well as other embassies, are located in Tel Aviv.  Note has also been taken of the fact that in 1995 Congress called for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but allowed the President to waive that provision of law if a waiver is deemed to be in the national interest.  Waivers have been issued, at regular intervals, by Presidents Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama.