Justices hear case of American born in Jerusalem

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court seems unlikely to rule for a 9-year-old boy who was born in Jerusalem and wants his U.S. passport to list his place of birth as Israel.

Menachem Zivotofsky and his parents were at the high court Monday for arguments over his challenge to a State Department policy that won't allow his passport to show he was born in Israel.

The Obama administration says the passport policy is in line with longstanding foreign policy that says the status of Jerusalem should be resolved in negotiations. Congress passed a law in 2002 seeking to give Americans born there the right to have Israel listed as their birthplace.

The justices seemed reluctant to question the administration's position that the law was an improper congressional attempt to speak for the country on foreign policy.