The United States Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act of 1995, which passed both houses of Congress by huge one sided votes [Senate by a vote of 93 to 5, House of Representatives by a vote of 347 to 37],it calls on the US to move its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize the latter as the Israeli capital no later than May 31, 1999.
In a curiousand repeating Presidential habit Dubya, on June 1st, 2007 has for the 12th time (following on precedent by Bill Clinton ) suspended the required move. Needless to say Dubya promised to move the embassy if elected in 2000. The act specifically included this power to .... " suspend the [implementation] for a period of six months if he determines and reports to Congress in advance that such suspension is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States."
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
SUBJECT: Suspension of Limitations Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act
Pursuant to the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 7(a) of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104 45) (the "Act"), I hereby determine that it is necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States to suspend for a period of 6 months the limitations set forth in sections 3(b) and 7(b) of the Act. My Administration remains committed to beginning the process of moving our Embassy to Jerusalem.
You are hereby authorized and directed to transmit this determination to the Congress, accompanied by a report in accordance with section 7(a) of the Act, and to publish the determination in the Federal Register.
This suspension shall take effect after transmission of this determination and report to the Congress.
GEORGE W. BUSH
This topic will probably have been high on the agenda of Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, (Offical campaign website I'm with Fred just put up - you saw it here first or heard about it on Hannity) star of the hit television series “Law & Order,” where he will meet Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni amonst many others.
The former actor, who has also served as a US senator for Tennessee, was one of the sponsors of the Jerusalem Embassy Act.He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute.Thompson also is the Chairman of the International Security Advisory Board(ISAB), a bipartisan advisory panel that reports to the Secretary of State and focuses on emerging strategic threats.(Members of ISAB)
His support for the Israeli war cause remains undimished over the years - in an Editorial on 30th May 207, in the National Review he argues ..."Israelis, however, have gone to incredible lengths to stop the war against them without harming Palestinian non-combatants. But make no mistake, Israel is at war. "He goes on to say ... "If Iran develops nuclear weapons, the very existence of this tiny nation of Israel will be threatened. The Iranian regime has left little doubt that it intends to see Israel “wiped off the map.” Hamas is using the same language, not coincidentally, and has announced it will begin launching missiles into Israel from the West Bank too. "
Before you start scoffing this is a Survey US Poll of 3/6/07 in answer to the question "If the Republican Primary were today, would you vote for... Rudy Giuliani? John McCain? Mitt Romney? Fred Thompson? Newt Gingrich? Or some other Republican? "
You might also look at McLaughlin & Associates : June 5, 2007
Re: National Omnibus Poll – Republican Presidential Primary Results
Since our last national poll conducted in April for Citizens United, there has been significant movement among likely Republican voters on the Presidential primary ballot. Fred Thompson’s support has risen five points from 13% to 18%, while Giuliani’s support has decreased by 4 points from 28% to 24%. Support for McCain (16%/17%), Romney (8%/7%) and Gingrich (6%/5%) remains consistent with the April results.
There is also a slew of blogs started up to support this intellectual Titan.
Alabama for Thompson
Arizona for Thompson
Armed and Gregarious
Blogging Down the Rogue
California for Thompson
Colorado for Thompson
Draft Fred Thompson
Draft Thompson '08
Floridians for Thompson
Fred Thompson 4 President Blog
Fred Thompson at MySpace
Fred Thompson for President Watch
Georgians for Fred Thompson
Illinois for Fred Thompson
Iowans for Fred Thompson
Iraq War Today
Lawyers for Thompson
Louisiana for Fred Thompson
Maine for Fred Thompson
Minnesotans for Thompson
New Hampshire for Fred Thompson
Not Ready for my Burqua
Ohio 4 Fred
Pennsylvania for Fred Thompson
Raw Data on Fred Thompson
Sen. Bill Frist's VOLPAC Blog
Tenneseeans for Thompson
Texans for Thompson
The Dread Pundit Bluto
The Ranando Report
USA for Thompson
Vince Aut Morire
Virginians for Thompson
Washingtonians for Fred
We Want Fred Thompson
Word of Marvin
If you want to know why this 65 year old lawyer, part time actor is pulling in supporters and getting the red carpet treatment from the the Likudniks simply read his interview with Hannity.
"Israelis, however, have gone to incredible lengths to stop the war against them without harming Palestinian non-combatants."
Now that is an expression of his deep interest in the welfare of the Palestinians - observers of the extended bombing of the Lebanon, the daily rocket strikes and bombing in Gaza, the incarceration of elected representative members the state authorized assssinations.
Officially Fred hasn't declared yet but will apparently on July 4th, but it is of interest that has first port of call - just as an ex Governor of Texas did 8 years ago, was to visit the Wailing Wall.
Watch thus guy.
UPDATE read Jonah Goldberg in the Chicago Tribune today "Are we better off with Fred ?"
plus news of how the money is rolling in on his new Blog