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.
"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.