President Trump: Direct The State Dept That Jersualem is Israel

Having the embassy in Jerusalem is only de facto recognition. Changing passports is de jure.

President Trump needs to finish what he started when he announced the U.S. would finally recognize world history, that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The State Department, which has from Israel’s birth opposed its existence and actively fought tooth and nail every de jure act of recognizing Israel’s sovereignty, still clings to the petty act of preventing Americans born in Jerusalem from listing Israel as the country of their birth.

The AP reported the State Department said Thursday it wouldn't revise the policy, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2015.

"At this time, there are no changes to our current practices regarding place of birth on Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and U.S. Passports," the department said in response to a query from the AP.Current policy holds that American citizens born in Jerusalem have only the city as their birthplace in their passports, unless they were born before Israel's creation in 1948. In those cases, they can list "Palestine" as their birthplace.

On May 14, 1948, eleven minutes after the blue-and-white Star of David flew over Tel Aviv, President Harry Truman recognized Israel de facto as a sovereign nation. He did it against the policy and advice of his own U.N. delegation and State Department. Secretary of State George C. Marshall told Truman—to his face—two days before that he would not vote for Truman in the upcoming election should the president recognize Israel.

It took another eight months before the State Department granted de jure (legal) recognition to Israel, after its first elections were held (which were held up by a bloody war fought with Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq). Only when the war was essentially won did America follow through with the nicety of legal recognition.

Now we have finally, 22 years after Congress overwhelmingly enacted it as law, recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Moving the embassy is a de facto recognition. Changing passports is de jure.

Currently, 16 nations do not accept Israeli passports. Nations like Pakistan include a message on their passport: “This passport is valid for all countries of the world except Israel.” Many nations won’t allow anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport (even a U.S. passport) to enter their country.

I imagine that anyone with a U.S. passport showing a place of birth “Jerusalem, Israel” would not be permitted to enter those same nations. So, in service to a falsehood, the State Department omits “Israel” from its maps and official documents so as not to offend these countries.

American citizens born in Jerusalem were born in Israel, if they were born after 1967. If they were born before 1967, they were born in occupied Jerusalem (occupied by Jordan). The pinstriped slewfooted troglodytes at Foggy Bottom don’t get to change history. Israel is not an occupier of Jerusalem, it is the owner.

President Trump needs to direct the State Department to recognize American passport holders who were born in Jerusalem as being born in Israel. This is the correct way to make the recognition of the Israeli capital a de jure recognition.

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MarkBerwind
MarkBerwind

He will get around to it.

Maelstrom
Maelstrom

I have 2 passports because one has in Israeli stamp. BTW I found out after my visit (an excellent and fun one, I recommend going!) that you can have them stamp a separate piece of paper to carry with your passport if you ask.

One strange note is that I had to put in my passport # in the pump when filling my rental car.

Badmoon
Badmoon

It never ceases to amaze me that the real source of antisemitism in the government is the Ivy league that provides most of the "leadership" for the state department.

thewordgirl
thewordgirl

I second all of that, Steve!

Korinne
Korinne

The State Department has long been a home for professional communists and progressive leftists dating back into the 20s. It's ironic you mention Truman since alot of the State Dept's greatest hits came out of his administration, and that's not even touching the myriad of holdover scandals from the FDR days.