I saw an interesting question over at the film & TV site:
Why do [the fictional American politicians in the US version of House of Cards] refer to Palestine as a country?
In the "Jordan Valley" episodes of House of Cards, the characters routinely refer to "Palestine" as if it were an actual country. I have never seen real American politicians do that. Is the in-show universe different than our own, one in which Palestine became a recognized country?
... [in comments] Real American politicians may say "Palestinian" but rarely "Palestine", except when they are explicitly talking about the possibility of a future state
... U.S. politicians never refer to [the Palestinian territories as they are today] as "Palestine". This would be cause strenuous objections by Israel if it were to occur.
This got me wondering - how do US politicians refer to Palestine, if not as "Palestine"? Obviously the US is one of the countries that doesn't formally recognise Palestine as a state, but the Palestinian territories are a de-facto state (largely self-governing, etc), and an important and oft-discussed one for US foreign policy.
How are the lands governed by the Palestinian National Authority referred to by American politicians? Is there a standard or protocol? Does it vary between parties or factions?
I'm mostly interested in on-the-record speech, but if there's evidence or examples of politicians using different language in formal speeches as to informal or off-the-record conversation, that'd be a very interesting detail.
As a side note, I'm also curious about whether the same naming policy is used for Palestine as other non-recognised de-facto states like Somaliland, Transnistria, Western Sahara, etc.