The Obama administration is getting into all sorts of confusion about whether Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, whether Israel has a capital, or what exactly is a capital. Now they are not even clear whether Jerusalem is in Israel.
The absurd lengths to which Obama and the State Department are going is exemplified by articles here and here where it seems that they are actually trying to scrub out previous mentions by the Bush administration of Jerusalem, Israel.
I mean really! You don’t have to be surprised to see if from the BBC, but from Obama? and in an election year?
Information on the Jerusalem Embassy Act here
The Jerusalem Embassy Act from the Congress also “asserted that every country has a right to designate the capital of its choice, and that Israel has designated Jerusalem. The act notes that “the city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s President, Parliament, and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions.” Jerusalem is defined as the spiritual center of Judaism. Furthermore, it stipulates that since the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, religious freedom has been guaranteed to all. The act also stated that “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel”.
While the reality is that Clinton and Bush have also not moved the US Embassy to Jeusalem and have maintained the Jerusalem status as something for final negotiation, the context of the Obama confusion and attempts to blur the link between Jerusalem and Israel, coming on the heels of US acquiescence in excluding Israel from the recent forum on combating terrorism leaves a somewhat sour taste.
Now Where’s Wally?