The Obama administration stripped Jerusalem from being located in Israel in its official communication of the president’s remarks in the ancient city at a memorial service for recently deceased former Israeli president Shimon Peres. The White House, in a press release, originally sent out a press release attributing Obama’s remarks as taking place in “Jerusalem, Israel.” Shortly after that statement was sent, the White House reissued the statement with “Israel” crossed out as the location.

The move follows a longstanding Obama administration policy of refusing to say that Jerusalem belongs to Israel. Doing so would prejudge the outcome of peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, the White House says. The White House has been caught in the past editing the captions on old official photographs to remove mention of Jerusalem as being in “Israel.” READ MORE