Opinion analysis: Walking on a tightrope on Mideast policy

Insisting that it was staying out of Mideast politics and that it was not shutting Congress out of foreign policymaking, a divided Supreme Court on Monday struck down a thirteen-year-old law allowing Americans born in the bitterly contested city of Jerusalem to claim that they were born in Israel.  It was the only decision to be issued as the Court continued to move to finish its Term, perhaps by the end of the month.
Despite the Court’s efforts to narrow its ruling, this decision on passport policy may still play a role in the continuing tension between Israel and its Arab neighbors, and may contribute to ongoing sensitivity between the White House and Congress over major diplomatic issues.  There probably was no way to avoid either of those impacts in a ruling that resolved a sensitive modern question and decided one of the most

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