06.16.05 Update

6.16.2005

President Bush again postponed moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem for six months. (JTA) Bush on Wednesday suspended the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv for six additional months. The act mandates the president to move the embassy to Jerusalem — Israel is the only country where the U.S. embassy is not in the nation’s capital — but presidents consistently have postponed the move, citing national security concerns. “My administration remains committed to beginning the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem,” Bush said in a statement, echoing comments he has made throughout his term. When he ran for office in 2000, Bush said moving the embassy would be among the first things he did in office.

Arutz Sheva reports that the Golani Brigade will not be charged with removing Jewish residents during the upcoming expulsion order due to their ties with the settlements.

The draft of the 1917 Balfour Declaration sold today at Sotheby's for $884,000. Story from the AP here.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expresses the United States' displeasure over the sale of Israeli arms to China. Report from Ha'aretz here.

The Jerusalem Post reports on Israel's reponse to news that the European Union's changed policy will approve opportunity for low-level talks with Hamas.

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