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The White House staff on Friday corrected what appears to have been a clerical “error”, based on its long-standing policy of not recognizing any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, when it released a transcript of President Barack Obama’s eulogy for Israel’s late former president, Shimon Peres.

The original location in which the eulogy was delivered, listed at the top of page one, was “Jerusalem, Israel.”


Mind you, Mount Herzl Cemetery is in the western part of the capital.

However, shortly after, the White House rushed to disseminate a corrected version with the country “Israel” crossed out with a single line through it. The correction was first noted by William Daroff, Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America.

On the current version on the White House website Israel has been deleted.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.