Rivlin: I was born in Jerusalem and I am Israeli

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June 10, 2015 10:01

 
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President Reuven Rivlin told Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs, of Staff on Wednesday that even though he was born in Jerusalem before the establishment of the State of Israel, he is an Israeli.

He was referring to the US Supreme Court decision this week in which American citizens born in Jerusalem cannot have the world Israel on their passports.

The president made a point of welcoming Dempsey to "Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel," but said at the same time that Israel respected the decision of the Supreme Court because Israel respects the rule of law.

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