US Supreme Court: Jerusalem Is Not Israel

In what can be considered a dangerous, precedent-setting ruling, the US Supreme Court declared that the United States does not recognize Jerusalem – both the Eastern and Western parts of the city – as the capital of the state of Israel. A US Supreme Court ruling on Monday gave support to the Obama administration’s position on the status of Jerusalem, ruling that as far as the US government is concerned, Jerusalem is not a part of Israel.

According to the ruling, Americans born in the city of Jerusalem cannot list Israel as their birthplace on their US passports, siding with the White House in a foreign-policy power struggle with Congress. The case appeared to be mixing a dispute between Congress and the president on the passport issue with the thorny politics of the volatile Middle East.

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