The United States (US) has announced that American citizens born in Israel will now be able to write Israel’s name in the place of birth on their passport.
According to the French news agency, this decision by the US government is a link in the process of recognizing the occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by President Donald Trump in 2017.
It should be noted that before the new announcement of the US government, American citizens born in Israel had to write Jerusalem (Occupied Jerusalem) in the place of birth on their passport.
The announcement by the US government comes just four days before the presidential election.
“Consistent with President’s policy, I am happy to announce US citizens born in Jerusalem can now elect to list their place of birth as either ‘Jerusalem’ or ‘Israel’ on their passports,” Pompeo said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the State Department, those US citizens born in Jerusalem who do not specify their place of birth on applications for consular services as “Israel” will continue to be issued documents that indicate their place of birth as Jerusalem.
“Other guidance on listing of a place of birth in Israel, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, Jerusalem, and the West Bank remains unchanged,” the statement reads.
It is clear that Trump has fully supported Israel since the beginning of his presidency. In 2017, he announced the recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and later moved his embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which drew international criticism.
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