WH Removed ‘Israel’ from Transcript on Obama Remarks at Peres Memorial in Jerusalem

The White House had to correct an error today on the transcript of President Obama‘s remarks at the memorial service of the late Israeli statesman Shimon Peres.

See, the transcript said that the president spoke in Jerusalem, Israel. And, well, here’s how it appears on the White House website now:


Notice what’s missing?

“Israel” no longer appears in the transcript. And the corrected version actually had the word crossed out:

Now, you might very well wonder why this took place. Well, it is actually current United States policy not to officially recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

Naturally, despite this policy, the White House got some serious flak for the correction:

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