US passports for citizens from Jerusalem to say born in Israel

US President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to soon announce that passports for US citizens born in Jerusalem can have Israel listed as their country of birth, The Jerusalem Post confirmed. A formal announcement could be made by the State Department as soon as Thursday in the lead-up to the upcoming US presidential election on November 3. The move is likely tied to Trump’s efforts to bring out his pro-Israel supporters to vote.The current US State Department policy is that if a person is a US citizen born in Taiwan, he or she could list either Taiwan or China as his or her birth place. Until, an individual born in Jerusalem had to list only Jerusalem and not the State of Israel. On Wednesday, the US announced that it was eliminating territorial clauses during an event at Ariel University in the West Bank. The new policy is not unprecedented. Since the Trump administration came into power, the US has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, including moving its embassy there, and has recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The administration also declared that the settlements were not illegal. 
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