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April 2, 2012 11:33 am

U.S. Refuses to Call Jerusalem Israel’s Capital

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State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland. Photo: State Department.

Every country is entitled to choose its own capital, the Israeli foreign ministry said in response to a U.S. refusal to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

A recent U.S. State Department press release said that Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Kathleen Stephens will visit the Middle East, specifically to “Algeria, Qatar, Jordan, Jerusalem, and Israel,” thus identifying Jerusalem and Israel as separate entities.

The wording was eventually changed to “Jerusalem and Tel Aviv,” but when pressed for a clarification on Jerusalem’s status, State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the issue will “be resolved through negotiations” and that the U.S. will not “prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem.”

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  • Reem

    Is Palestine also allowed to name Jerusalem as its capital? Before the establishment of Israel in 1945, Jews, Christians and Muslims existed in Jerusalem. It was not considered an Israeli city.

  • …….and so the U>S> continues its reluctance to fully recognize Israel in spite of its proclamations to the contrary. where was FDR in WWII in the early attempt to save millions of Jews and other persecuted minorities? now in the 21swt century where is mr obama when his need for israel is overshadowed by political need? why should i, a lifelong democrat support this man? I am 91 years old so i was there in both instances and all the years in-between.