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One of the great battles that has been taking place within the United States in recent years has seen two separate issues meshed into a single confrontation.Polling evidence for many years suggests that the American public clearly supports the security of Israel, but also wants to remain as even-handed as possible in the Palestine-Israeli conflict and wants to uphold the rule of law and U.N. resolutions.This is significant beyond the narrow issue of what is written on a child's passport, because the balance of power between the president and Congress has emerged recently as a major issue in relations between the government of Israel and pro-Israeli American forces seeking to orient American foreign policy heavily, if not totally, in line with Israeli priorities.The legislation on passports was another move by pro-Israel forces in Congress to use American law and unilateral political decisions to determine the outcome of issues being negotiated between Israel and Palestine, such as the status of Jerusalem.
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