White House mischief

White House mischief

When the State Department refused, the parents filed a lawsuit; their case has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Washington Times – Daniel Pipes  

Daniel Pipes
 The White House engaged in two furtive gambits last week that painfully exposed the Obama administration’s amateurish, deceitful Middle East-Islamic policies. The first case concerned the thorny issue of Jerusalem’s legal status in American law. In 1947, the United Nations ruled the holy city to be a corpusseparatum (Latin for separatedbody) and not part of any state. All these years later and despite many changes, U.S. policy holds that Jerusalem is an entity unto itself. It ignores that in 1950, the government of Israel declared western Jerusalem to be its capital and in 1980 it declared the whole of Jerusalem to be the capital. The executive branch even ignores U.S. laws from 1995 (requiring a move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem) and 2002 (requiring that U.S. documents recognize Americans born in Jerusalem as being born in Israel). Instead, it insists that the city’s disposition be decided through diplomacy. Challenging this policy, the American parents of Jerusalem-born Menachem Zivotofsky demanded on his behalf that his birth certificate and his passport list him as having been born in Israel. When the State Department refused, the parents filed a lawsuit; their case has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Things started to get interesting on Aug. 4, when Rick Richman of the NewYorkSun noted, “The White House acknowledges on its own website that Jerusalem is in Israel – as does the State Department and the CIA on theirs,” undermining the government’s case. Mr. Richman pointed to three mentions of “Jerusalem, Israel,” in captions to pictures on the White House website in connection with a trip by Vice President Joseph R. Biden in March 2010: “Vice President Joe Biden laughs with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, Israel”; “Vice President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Israel”; and “Vice President Joe Biden has breakfast with Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair … in Jerusalem, Israel.” Mr. Richman deemed this wording to be potentially “pivotal evidence” against the government’s case

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