In an accurate demonstration of the Obama administration’s
continually deteriorating stance regarding the borders of the State
of Israel, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney evaded a question
last Thursday on which city the U.S. considers to be the capital of
the Jewish state.
Refusing to disclose whether the U.S. officially believes Jerusalem
or Tel Aviv to be the capital of Israel, a distraught Carney simply
responded to the question by saying, “Our position hasn’t changed.”
Since then, the Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) Washington-based
public advocacy group put together a short video tracking the Obama
administration’s fickle stance with regard to the issue.
During his election campaign in 2008, Obama reassured Jewish
constituents that Jerusalem will remain the “undivided” capital of
“Let me be clear, Israel’s security is sacrosanct. It is non-
negotiable,” Obama said at the time. “Jerusalem will remain the
capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”
Obama soon retracted his remarks, saying that the word undivided “was
Since then, the administration’s position on the issue has only
weakened and waned.
At a press briefing in March, State Department spokeswoman Victoria
Nuland responded to a similar question by simply saying, “Jerusalem
is a permanent-status issue. It’s got to be resolved through