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‘Israel’ struck from Jerusalem dateline on President’s eulogy transcript

WASHINGTON— The White House corrected its transcript of President Barack Obama’s eulogy for Shimon Peres to remove “Israel” from the Jerusalem dateline.

The White House sent reporters a corrected transcript, “with a corrected header” about nine hours after the transcript was first mailed. Instead of simply removing “Israel,” they struck it through.

U.S. policy since 1949 has been not to recognize Jerusalem as belonging to any nation until its status is settled through peace talks.

Peres was buried on Mt. Herzl, deep on the western side of the city, land that has been held by Israel since its independence in 1948.

Obama administration blasts Israel’s settlement announcement as betrayal

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration cast Israel’s plan to build 300 units deep inside the West Bank as a betrayal of U.S. friendship and of Shimon Peres’ legacy. The statement Oct. 5 by Mark Toner, deputy State Department spokesman, was unusually emotional in tone.

Toner cited a $38 billion defense assistance agreement with Israel reached last month and President Barack Obama’s eulogy at the funeral for the late Israeli president and prime minister.

“It is deeply troubling, in the wake of Israel and the U.S. concluding an unprecedented agreement on military assistance designed to further strengthen Israel’s security, that Israel would take a decision so contrary to its long-term security interest in a peaceful resolution of its conflict with the Palestinians,” Toner said.

“Furthermore, it is disheartening that while Israel and the world mourned the passing of President Shimon Peres, and leaders from the U.S. and other nations prepared to honor one of the great champions of peace, plans were advanced that would seriously undermine the prospects for the two-state solution that he so passionately supported,” he said.

“This settlement’s planned location is deep in the West Bank... and it would make the possibility of a viable Palestinian state more remote,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry was quoted a as saying that the building would take place within an authorized settlement, Shiloh. The Bush and Obama administrations have said some settlements are likely to remain in Israel under a final status agreement. Shiloh is not among them.

Supreme Court opens term without 3 Jewish justices due to holiday

The Supreme Court’s three Jewish justices missed the start of the new term due to Rosh Hashanah.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan were not present on the opening day on Monday, Oct. 1. Federal law requires the court to open on the first Monday in October.

The session lasted only about five minutes and consisted largely of admitting new attorneys to the Supreme Court bar, according to the Associated Press.

A fourth seat also was empty – the one held by Antonin Scalia, who died in February. The seat likely will not be filled until after the Nov. 8 presidential election.

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