Back in 1995, the House and Senate passed a law requiring our embassy to the Jewish state be moved to its real capital no later than 1999. The bill became law with overwhelming bipartisan support: by a vote of 93 to 5 in the Senate, and by 274 to 37 in the House. Those Senate votes included “yeas” from the men who now serve as Obama’s vice president and secretary of state.
Some argued then the law was an unconstitutional congressional intrusion into foreign-policy decisions that properly belong to the president. Congress split the difference with an amendment giving the president the authority to suspend the embassy move if he determines it “is necessary to protect the national-security interests of the United States.”
Every six months since, every president — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama — has done just that. And yet another is due very soon.