Supreme Court: US passports must say ‘Jerusalem,’ not ‘Israel’

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WASHINGTON -- The status of Jerusalem has been at the top of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ever since Israel was recognized in 1948. The official U.S. policy is spelled out in a State Department manual: "For a person born in Jerusalem, write JERUSALEM as the place of birth in the passport. Do not write Israel, Jordan or West Bank."

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  • Garson Abuita

    The headline suggests that the Supreme Court injected itself into this dispute and decided what should be on the passports. In fact, it did the opposite: it deferred to the President’s right to set foreign policy. Constitutionally this was a separation of powers issue, putting the politics aside. I’d like to thank the article for reminding us that George W. Bush took the same position on this statute as Obama. Maybe that’ll head off some of the “Obama hates Israel!” rants, but I’m not holding my breath.

  • LisaB

    A US Passport is not a vanity plate to say whatever one wants. It’s a government document for governments and government use.

    It’s ridiculous to pretend the government should accommodate the wishes of individuals that do not reflect the position of the government and international norms.

  • pete

    Lisa B is absolutely right

  • Fran

    One of these days, when God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) is soon performing its millennial rule over mankind on earth, passports will not be needed at all and everyone can see their brothers and sisters of the human family anywhere they want to go. No more passports or man-made immigration laws since there will be complete brotherhood of meek humans (Isaiah 11:1-9; Revelation 21:3,4).