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White House said 'Jerusalem, Israel'


JTA—The White House used the term “Jerusalem, Israel” in a live video feed of President Donald Trump’s visit to the city, a departure from the policies of past administrations.

The caption appeared on the video feed of Monday’s news conference at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence. It came as Trump administration officials continue to differ over whether to describe the contested city as being part of Israel, and as Israeli officials urge the White House to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Obama and George W. Bush administrations routinely captioned photos and listed the city on schedules and in news releases as simply “Jerusalem,” reflecting longstanding executive branch policy that the city should not be described as being in any country until there is a final status agreement.

Congress recognized the city as Israel’s capital in 1995.


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