Political problem while adding location in Photoshop Elements 2019 (PSE17)

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While adding a location for some images taken in Judea & Samaria, Israel (a.k.a. the Westbank) I came upon a problem that is clearly POLITICAL.
I took some photos in an Israeli village in Judea & Samaria which is called Tsufim/Zufim/Tzofim.
However when adding the location in PSE17 (latest version available...) the location is not found.
Looking at a Google map I found it was named 'Tsofin'. Using this name I got a hit, but it is regarded by Adobe apparently as a Palestinian village, belonging to the Qualqilya Governorate, Palestine.

This is of course a political denomination, as the state of Palestine does not exist officially. It is officially known as the Palestinian Authority.
Moreover, the villages Tsofin and Alfei Menashe are situated in Area 'C' according to the Oslo II accords, likewise Qualqilya is situated in Area 'A'.

As an Israeli I have not only problems with the tagging an Israeli village location as being in Palestine, it shows that Adobe is using politically based information. 
I would appreciate it if Adobe would change these locations to a more neutral denomination as long as there is no final agreement about the future of these locations.
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Additional information:
As Adobe PSE17 obviously uses the Openstreetmap API, I opened Openstreetmap and found a completely different map that clearly shows the facts on the ground.
Israeli cities and villages are shown with Hebrew letters while PA cities and villages are shown with Arab letters.
Moreover, the two different areas 'A' and 'C' are clearly marked.
Thus is my question, why not using this map which would probably also set the location verbally in order.