1st 2012 election post – know your capitals !

Summer is waning, the election is 102 days away, and I am back to (occasional) blogging !

Almost nothing from this administration surprises me, but even I was shocked by the latest mask slippage from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. He was asked by an unnamed reporter:

Reporter: What city does this Administration consider to be the capital of Israel? Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?

Jay Carney, White House press secretary: Um… I haven’t had that question in a while. Our position has not changed. Can we, uh…

He squirms for another minute or so, not answering the question:

Last I checked, Israel’s Parliament and President’s residence were still in Jerusalem.

But according to this administration, including the State Department spokesperson, either Jerusalem is in a separate country or something.

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2 Responses to “1st 2012 election post – know your capitals !”

  1. Bernie Ebstein Says:

    The Obama position on the capital of Israel is the same as that of all U.S, administrations since at least Reagan (see http://hatthief.blogspot.com/2012/03/us-has-unfortunately-never-recognized.html for administration quotes from Bush 1 onward). BE

  2. Steve Ebstein Says:

    I am aware that US policy has never unambiguously recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite the law calling for the US embassy to move to Jerusalem, etc. A level of ambiguity gives respect to all sides and is arguably a defensible policy.

    But the response by Carney is different. He does not even acknowledge the historical ambiguity. Either he is incompetent or this reflects a change in US-Israel relations compared to previous administrations.

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