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Is Jerusalem The Capital of Israel?

SCOTUS recently ruled that a citizen born in Jerusalem could not list Israel as his place of birth. They ruled against him, stating that Jerusalem is NOT the capital of Israel, as it remains contested land. Should the U.S. officially declare Jerusalem the Capital of Israel? 

60% of writers and pundits say yes
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last 24 hours | thenationa
Jerusalem issue does not belong in the US courts
"...Last week's US Supreme Court ruling overturning a law that would have allowed American citizens born in Jerusalem to request that their passports list their country of birth as Israel elicited widespread and passionate reaction. But almost all of it failed to acknowledge the central point in the case, which has nothing to do with the status of Jerusalem. Instead, it's almost entirely about the separation of powers between the different branches of the US government.Predictably, the parties with a vested interest in Jerusalem could not resist the opportunity to grandstand. Israel's mayor in Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, citing an alleged rise in global anti-Semitism, demanded Barack Obama offset the ruling by recognising that Jerusalem was and always will be the capital of Israel . Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat claimed the Court's ruling sends a clear message to Israel that its policies of colonisation are null and void ...." see full article

1341 days ago | blogs.wsj
On Jerusalem and Passports, Whats All the Shouting About?
"...However committed Congress is to changing the status of Jerusalem, nobody wants the responsibility for messing around with perhaps the most explosive issue in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Justice Anthony Kennedy recognized the sensitivity of the Jerusalem issue in the majority opinion.The argument that any change   even one that seems as innocuous as designating a place of birth in a  passport might undermine a moribund peace process that already confronts  so many obstacles  is patently absurd.But why fool around with explosive symbols that might trigger conflict, tension or even violence and feed Islamist extremist propaganda? Given the vast number of problems the U.S. confronts in the angry and broken Middle East right now, who needs to risk any additional headaches to make a point. Answer? Nobody, certainly not the President, the Supreme Court, and not even Congress...." see full article

1341 days ago | reviewjournal
LETTERS: Supreme Court ruling denies truth: Jerusalem is capital of Israel - Las Vegas Review-Journal
"...The recent Supreme Court decision denying American citizens born in Jerusalem the ability to have their birthplace noted in their passports as Jerusalem, Israel is most unfortunate, myopic and hypocritical. As noted by Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, It is sad and unfortunate that Israel, as a sovereign nation, is the only country in the world whose capital comes under such scrutiny and has to defend its right to determine where its capital city exists. It's time for the Executive Branch [of the United States government] to face the reality: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. ..." see full article

1342 days ago | nytimes
The Supreme Court's Jerusalem Passport Case - New York Times

"...But this disingenuous argument ignores the central, unacceptable purpose of that 2002 law, which was explicitly to contradict the executive branch's policy regarding Jerusalem. In fact, it's right there in the law's title: United States Policy With Respect to Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel.Predictably, the law triggered more than the mere possibility of misperception. Palestinian officials formally complained that the new law damaged American involvement in the peace process, while residents in the Gaza Strip marched in protest, even after President Bush tried to reassure them that nothing had changed...." see full article

1346 days ago | cnn
Time to be honest about Israel's capital - CNN

"...Let's be clear here: In every reasonable, logical way, the capital of Israel is Jerusalem. That is where the seat of government resides, where the country's parliament stands and legislates and where the President, Prime Minister and Cabinet have their offices and meet. Whatever some governments or politicians might say to the contrary, this fact should be accepted by everyone.Now, this should not preclude parts of Jerusalem becoming part of another country, say, a future Palestinian state. But when it comes to Jerusalem, as we were reminded Monday by a Supreme Court ruling, nothing is simple...." see full article

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