White House praises Jerusalem passport ruling

White House praises Jerusalem passport ruling
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The White House on Tuesday praised the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a law that allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace. 
 
The ruling is a win for the Obama administration, which argued the president — and not Congress — has the sole power to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, or not.
 
Press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement the decision “reaffirms the long-established authority of the president to recognize foreign states, their governments, and their territorial boundaries.”
 
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The U.S.’s longstanding policy has classified Israel as an international city belonging to no country, an effort to remain neutral on a major sticking point between an Israeli-Palestinians peace agreement.
 
That stance was challenged in 2002, when Congress passed the Foreign Relations Reauthorization Act, which recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
 
Former President George W. Bush issued a signing statement objecting to the provision and President Obama has continued to disregard that provision.  
 
The case was brought by the parents of Menachem Zivotofsky, who demanded that Israel be listed as their son’s birthplace. The State Department refused, and instead his passport says he was born in Jerusalem. 
 
“The court’s decision upholds the president’s long-standing authority to make these sensitive recognition determinations as part of his conduct of diplomacy and foreign policy,” Earnest said, adding those decisions “should be accurately reflected in official documents and sensitive diplomatic communications, including passports.”