After President Trump made his official announcement to declare Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, one would expect that the State Department would back up the President’s choice, but instead, the acting assistant secretary for the Near East in the State Department would not officially declare the nation of Israel, reports The New York Post.
On Dec. 7th, David Satterfield, acting assistant secretary for the Near East talked to Matt Lee of the Associated Press about the decision Trump recently made.
The reporter asked, “what is the capital of Israel?”
“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.
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 and this is where the State Department leaves Trump.
That’s when Satterfield announced that “there has been no change in our policy with respect to consular practice or passport issuance.”
Which means that all Americans born in Jerusalem, it only says Jerusalem on it and not Israel. A case went to the supreme about a 15-year-old American boy named Menachem Zivotofsky, who was born in Jerusalem in 2002 and is fighting to be able to claim the country of Israel.
Nathan Lewin, Zivotofsky’s lawyer, calls in the latest Jewish Press for the passport regulations regarding Jerusalem to be withdrawn. He hints at another lawsuit.
The New York Post, however, claims that if Zivotofsky wants an Israeli passport, all Trump would have to do is write one out himself. Maybe as time goes on and the State Department continues not to back Trump in his declaration, then maybe that is what Trump will have to do.