Tuesday, January 08, 2008

U.S. Jerusalem Embassy Act (1995)

(1995) Dry Bones cartoon: The Jerusalem Embassy Act.
Today's Golden Oldie is a Dry Bones cartoon that was published on October 31, 1995.

In September 1995, the new Jewish year of 5756 had been designated "Jerusalem 3000". It was to celebrate the 3000th anniversary of King David's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jews.

On October 23, 1995, the U.S. Congress passed into law the "United States Jerusalem Embassy Act" which recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, and which ordered that "the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999". President Clinton was not amused.

On October 25th Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert went off to America to take part in Jerusalem 3000 celebrations.

On October 31st I published this cartoon which tied together the Congressional Act, the Presidential response, Jerusalem 3000 and the fact that keeping the American Embassy in Tel Aviv inferred that TA rather than Jerusalem was our capital city .

Tomorrow, more than twelve years later, yet another fearful American President and another appeasing U.S. Secretary of State will be in Jerusalem.

The American Embassy remains in Tel Aviv.

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