The White House amended its transcript of President Barack Obama’s eulogy for Shimon Peres to remove “Israel” from the Jerusalem dateline. The White House sent reporters an amended transcript Friday afternoon, “with a corrected header,” about nine hours after the transcript was first mailed. Instead of simply removing the word “Israel,” officials struck it through.
US policy since 1949 has been not to recognize Jerusalem as belonging to any nation until its status is settled through peace talks. The White House press office routinely issues transcripts of Obama’s speeches and includes the location of the speech at the top. A transcript released shortly after the funeral listed the location as “Jerusalem, Israel.” Hours later, while Obama was still flying back from Israel, the White House issued an amended transcript listing merely “Jerusalem” and with “Israel” crossed out with a line. READ MORE