U.S. President Barack Obama holds a news conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in Kruen, Germany

U.S. top court backs Obama, invalidates Jerusalem passport law

U.S. President Barack Obama holds a news conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in Kruen, GermanyBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that would let American citizens born in Jerusalem have Israel listed in passports as their country of birth, saying it encroached on the president’s exclusive power to recognize foreign governments. The 6-3 ruling, a victory for President Barack Obama, comes at a time of strained relations between Israel and the United States, the Jewish state’s most important ally. The Obama administration had said if the law were enforced it would have caused “irreversible damage” to America’s ability to influence the region’s peace process and reversed long-standing American policy not to recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel.

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