State Department Won't Say Jerusalem Is Capital of Israel

State Department Won't Say Jerusalem Is Capital of Israel

Today, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland took a question about whether Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Her answer: “We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem.” 

She was pushed on this absurd position – Jerusalem has long been the capital of Israel, and only the intransigence of the State Department has prevented the embassy from moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – and once again responded, “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.” She was asked yet again – and responded, “I don’t have anything further to what I’ve said 17 times on that subject.”

This is clearly the position of the Obama administration; President Obama famously stated that Israel should base all negotiations on the pre-1967 so-called “green line,” which would slice Jerusalem in two. Yet the American Jewish population seems to back Obama nonetheless. Today’s exchange should show them the error of their ways.

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