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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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