With Jerusalem embassy in place, Trump administration ends waiver

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The Trump administration ended the practice in effect for more than two decades of waiving a law requiring the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday that the waiver no longer was necessary. President Donald Trump moved the embassy to Jerusalem last year on May 14, and in March, Ambassador David Friedman moved into a residence in a building in western Jerusalem that formerly functioned as a consulate.

Those acts fulfilled the requirements of a 1995 law calling for the move of the embassy to Jerusalem. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who insisted that the status of Jerusalem should be determined in a peace agreement, chose not to move the embassy. They exercised a clause in the law that the move could be waived every six months for national security reasons.

Trump initially exercised the waiver as well.

Trump administration officials say the embassy move does not obviate final-status negotiations over Jerusalem.

Read More: JTA