Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What's the Capital of Israel? Just Ask a Tel Avivian


What's the capital of Israel? Does anybody know? Last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked that question by a reporter at the daily press briefing. Here is his answer:

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Back in March, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland was asked the same question at another press conference. Here is her answer.

The British newspaper The Guardian, said in April that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel. Honest Reporting, a website that defends Israel from media bias, protested to the British Press Complaints Commission that Jerusalem is, in fact, the declared capital of the State of Israel.

In May, the commission issued its decision, stating that, "While it is correct to say that Israel classes Jerusalem as her capital city, this is not recognized by many countries and those nations enjoying diplomatic relations with Israel have their embassies in Tel Aviv. As such, the Commission was of the view that the newspaper was entitled to refer to Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel. There was no breach of the Code in this instance."

To get to the bottom of all this, Honest Reporting sent its reporter Yarden Frankl to interview Tel Aviv residents and its mayor, Ron Huldai, and ask them if they know the answer to this seemingly difficult question. The results?  Watch the video below.

(A tip of the kippah to Sheila Zucker for bringing this video to our attention.)