McCain Promises to Move Embassy

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - The United States Embassy in Israel would move to Jerusalem if John McCain is elected president, the Republican hopeful told CNN Friday. Jerusalem currently houses a US Consulate office, but the embassy is in Tel Aviv.

Some analysts say McCain's suggestion that the American embassy should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is to contradict Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama's statements last week on dividing Israel's capital.

When McCain was asked at what point in his presidency he would propose moving the embassy, the candidate responded, "Right away."

"I've been committed to that proposition for years," McCain added.

Obama said that he would consider moving the embassy if Israelis and Palestinians reach a final peace agreement on a two-state solution.

Several US presidential candidates have promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem, including President George W. Bush during his 2000 election campaign.

But since 1995, US presidents have used an escape clause in the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, passed by Congress, to delay the embassy's relocation.

The clause mandated that the embassy was to have been moved to Jerusalem by May 31, 1999, but it allows presidents to delay the move if they site national security concerns.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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