Soon after the State Department was not able to state the location of
the capital of Israel, the Washington Post named the capital as Tel
Aviv. The CAMERA media watchdog organization caught the error, and
the Post issued a correction.
The original article stated, “Obama´s more aggressive message this
year reflects the increasing concern in Washington, Tel Aviv and
other capitals about Iran´s enrichment program, which Israel believes
will be used to produce a nuclear weapon.”
The correction stated, “A March 21 A-section article about President
Obama´s annual message to the Iranian people incorrectly referred to
Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel. Israel designated Jerusalem as its
capital in 1950, although many countries maintain embassies and other
diplomatic missions in Tel Aviv because of the Palestinians´
competing claim on Jerusalem as their capital.”
Last week, Arutz Sheva posted a video of a verbal exchange between
Associated Press reporter Matt Lee and State Department Spokeswoman
Victoria Nuland, who refused to state the location of the capital.
She explained, “We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those
negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem…. Our policy
with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through
negotiations. That´s all I have to say on this issue.”
Following is the video of the exchange:
The United States, like most of the international community, has
placed its embassy in Tel Aviv rather than provoke Arab anger by
recognizing Jerusalem as the capital.
The Clinton, Reagan and Obama administrations have used a
Congressional waiver to avoid carrying out a law that declares that
the embassy be in J. The waiver allows the president to declare that
carrying out the law would create a national security problem,
although it never has been explained how American security would be
threatened by moving the embassy.
Last week’s United States Supreme Court decision declared that a
lower court must deal with a complaint by a Jerusalem resident that
the State Department has refused to write “Jerusalem, Israel” on his
A court decision in the plaintiff’s favor would force a major policy
change, but what apparently prompted the question to the State
Department was its altering an official communication that originally
referred to Israel and Jerusalem as separate entities.