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Jeffrey Goldberg

Passports Aside, Jerusalem Is in Israel

Why does the U.S. acquiesce to the fiction that Jerusalem -- in particular, West Jerusalem, which has been the seat of Israeli government since 1948 -- may not actually belong to Israel?

In 2002, at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, an American citizen named Naomi Zivotofsky gave birth to another American citizen, Menachem Zivotofsky.

It is the strong belief of both Naomi and her husband, Menachem's father, Ari, that the Shaare Zedek Medical Center is located in the state of Israel. It was fairly easy for the Zivotofskys to discern that Shaare Zedek is located in the state of Israel. Maps -- neutral maps, not maps produced by the Perfidious Zionist Entity -- clearly show it to be in the state of Israel. When you walk outside Shaare Zedek, you are quite obviously in the state of Israel. Israel's principal Holocaust memorial is half a mile away. Its main military cemetery is close as well. Israel's parliament sits two miles away, as does the office of its prime minister. Since the rebirth of the Jewish state, in 1948, the land under Shaare Zedek has been part of Israel.