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McCain calls for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Image John McCain earned himself headlines in Israel today when he said, “I support Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” Professing support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, though it is not internationally recognized as such, has become a time-honored political tradition for U.S. presidents and would-be presidents. Since the Jerusalem Embassy ...

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MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Image

MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Image

John McCain earned himself headlines in Israel today when he said, “I support Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

Professing support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, though it is not internationally recognized as such, has become a time-honored political tradition for U.S. presidents and would-be presidents. Since the Jerusalem Embassy Act passed Congress in 1995, moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem has been the official policy of the United States. And yet, every six months, the president signs a waiver that says, “[My] Administration remains committed to beginning the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem.” It never happens, for the obvious reason that the move would cause an uproar in the Arab world. Last year, El Salvador and Costa Rica became the last coutries to move their embassies to Tel Aviv, even though the Knesset and the prime minister’s offices are located an hour’s drive away in Jerusalem. I doubt a President McCain would upend the status quo, notwithstanding his suggestive comments today.

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