Is It Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney really did not want to answer the question posed to him by reporter Connie Lawn; two times, he tried to avoid giving an answer.

Connie Lawn of IRN USA Radio News asked Carney whether the Obama administration considers Jerusalem or Tel Aviv the capital of Israel? There should not have been a problem answering that question so why did Carney not want to answer it?

WND reported today that the U.S. is speaking Arabic and English in Jerusalem.  The reason this is ‘troubling’  is because, since 1995, a law adopted by Congress states that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, which means they converse in Hebrew and English.

Reporters Connie Lawn and Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, both find the truth ‘troubling’ because of what it reveals about Obama’s policy in Israel.  It reveals that, even though U.S. policy supports Israel and speaks in Hebrew and English, the Obama Administration chooses to speak Arabic and English because,  obviously, he supports Palestine’s claim on Israel.

What this new positions means is not good for relations between the U.S. and the Middle East.

“The U.S. embassy conducts its business in Tel Aviv in Hebrew and English, but I’ve been told the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem conducts its business in Arabic and English.” Lawn told WND.

The White House included a little asterisk with the transcript of the exchange with Lawn to explain “The status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.”

“It is a very politically charged question,” said Lawn. “The U.S. should follow the law. If the CIA says the capital of Israel is Jerusalem then why is the Obama administration hesitating on this policy?” . . .


Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WND, applauded Kinsolving’s efforts to extract an answer from the White House.

“WND White House correspondent Les Kinsolving doesn’t get the respect he deserves among his colleagues or in the Obama administration,” Farah said. “But this demonstrates the vital public service he provides by being there – even though he is seldom called upon by people like the clueless Carney.

He added, “Let’s face it. Nobody knows what the administration’s position is on a simple matter of which city the U.S. recognizes as the capital of Israel – including the White House spokesman. But Kinsolving wouldn’t let him dodge this bullet. By his dogged persistence, he demonstrated to the entire world this administration is like a rudderless ship.”

The issue of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has surfaced periodically as Palestinians often refuse to acknowledge the city’s status.

Most recently, WND reported that the issue arose at the London Olympics.

There, saying that the Games should not be distorted by politics, the chief of an international litigation and policy organization is calling on the British Broadcasting Corp. to make corrections in its website – where Palestine is described as having its “intended capital” in East Jerusalem.

At the same time, the Israeli page notes that there is no “capital” but that its “seat of government” is in Jerusalem.

“Since King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel, Jerusalem has played a key role in the government, culture, religion and history of the Jewish nation,” said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel. “Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city. The BBC should list this fact on its Olympics website, like it has done for every other country.

“The Olympics should transcend politics,” said Staver, whose organization is dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

The fact that Jay Carney avoids an answer makes it obvious that the White House is hiding something (such as allegiance to Palestine) and that is troubling.  Since 1995, U.S. policy has supported Israel as our friend and Allie.   However, this administration’s treatment of Israel has many Americans concerned about future relations with them.  In time, without irreparable damages done between nations, our relationship with Israel will hopefully become good again.

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