“Now that President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, what will the State Department do? It resents Israel and has been fighting the Jewish state for years. Is it ready to comply?
Foggy Bottom is the worst swamp in Washington
The question to watch will be the case of a 15-year-old American boy named Menachem Zivotofsky, who was born in Jerusalem in 2002.
Congress wanted him — and all Americans born in Jerusalem — to have the right to have their passport say they were born in Israel. (Now it only says “Jerusalem.”) It passed a law saying so. The Senate was unanimous.
Yet Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama refused to comply. State Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry were in the Senate that passed the law without objection. Even so, they fought Israel in court.
Matt Lee of the Associated Press posed the first question.
“What is the capital of Israel?” he asked.
“The president,” Satterfield said, “announced yesterday, issued a proclamation declaring the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.”
“So,” said Matt Lee, “the answer to the question is Jerusalem — correct?”
“That’s exactly right,” said Satterfield.
“What country is Jerusalem in?” Lee asked. (He’s no dummy.)
Satterfield paused just a bit. “The president recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel,” he dodged, showing an ever-so-slight smile.
“Does that mean then that the US government officially recognizes that the Jerusalem municipality lies within the state of Israel?” Lee followed up.
That’s when Satterfield announced that “there has been no change in our policy with respect to consular practice or passport issuance.”
In other words, young Zivotofsky can take a hike. Trump may be president, Congress may be nearly unanimous, the Supreme Court may have cleared the decks for the president.
None of it penetrates Foggy Bottom.”
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