22 February 2006

State Department or Hamas - who does it first?

"U.S. Court upholds petition to place 'Jerusalem, Israel' on passports" is the headline of Haaretz article. Confusing, innit?

The U.S. administration, as a matter of policy, is not willing to confirm that U.S. citizens who were born in Jerusalem were indeed born in Israel because, as was argued by the state's representative in court, the issue is "the subject of profound dispute" and Israel's claim to sovereignty over the city has never been decided.

So, at least in this issue, State Department's and Hamas' positions are identical. It will be interesting to watch the progress: who changes its policy first?

Any bets?