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June 10, 2015 2:57 pm

Israel’s Rivlin to US General: ‘I Was Born in Jerusalem, and I Am Israeli’

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Israeli President Rivlin commented on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Jerusalem should not be recognized as part of Israel on American passports unless decided by the president. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli President Rivlin commented on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Jerusalem should not be recognized as part of Israel on American passports unless decided by the president. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that he was born Jerusalem and is Israeli, in reference to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Jerusalem should not be recognized as part of Israel on American passports unless that decision is made by the president.

Rivlin made the remark in a meeting with Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey in Jerusalem.

“We are proud to have you as a friend. We salute and appreciate you, and your friendship will be well remembered. I am a seventh generation Jerusalemite, and even though I was born nine years before the State of Israel was established, I was born in Jerusalem, and I am Israeli,” Rivlin said.

In the meeting, Rivlin also addressed the Syrian civil war, which he said “is a very real threat to the citizens of Israel—Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike.”

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Dempsey said he was in Israel “to gain a better understanding with our counterparts in the IDF, of the threats and security challenges, and of what we can do to address them.”

“While this is my sixth time here, my Israeli counterpart has been to America eight times. And at a staff level we are interacting constantly, and this kind of interaction is necessary for us to face the security challenges that face not only Israel but the United States. You have our deep commitment to continue to build on that relationship, but you don’t have to thank me, this is something we are honored to be part of,” Dempsey said.

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  • Grace

    i am a gentile, from the nations – not born an israeli. am wondering who this is to say one born in Jerusalem, her or his passport is not to be recognised UNLESS with the express permission of the him or her. Who would that be in God’s own economy? the days are upon you oh israel, and upon us oh gentile nations. prepare yourself to meet in the valley of Jehoshaphat. Joel says, he will judge the nations that DIVIDE GOD’S LAND and now i totally agree with that prophecy. A man wakes up in the morning declares this and that cannot be unless with my “express permission”, and all the Christian nations say “yes sir”. Have you given your power to the anti-christ?

  • I was born in The Bronx in NYC. My heart is in America and in Israel. I would like my passport to reflect that I was born in Jerusalem as well as in NYC,

  • Isaac Brajtman

    Why can’t we get rid of all the lies created by UNO . Jerusalem is Jerusalem. There is no East and West Jerusalem. The division was only created by Jordanian occupation. When that ended, there was no east and west. Everybody living there is an Israeli citizen. If they don’t want Israeli citizenship, they should leave for one of the refugee camps in an Arab country ! I’m sure they will be happier there !!!

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