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Carney Appears to Forget U.S. Policy on Israel’s Capital

Updated at 10:00 pm ET

Faced with repeated questioning during today’s briefing about which city the United States recognizes as the capital of Jerusalem, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today appeared not to exactly remember U.S. policy, and instead of potentially creating an international uproar, dodged the question.

Instead of offering an answer, Carney repeatedly stated that U.S. policy had not changed.

Carney was careful because the answer is complicated, nuanced and fraught with danger, given the passions on both sides with respect to the status of the holy city.

In fact, while Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital, the United States has declined to recognize Jerusalem as the capital, pending final status talks on the city between Palestinians and Israelis. A provision in legislation calling for the U.S. embassy to be moved from its current location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been waived by U.S. presidents.

Questioned about the matter in March, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland declined to say Jerusalem was Israel’s capital, saying, “Jerusalem is a permanent-status issue. It’s got to be resolved through negotiations.”

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17 Responses to Carney Appears to Forget U.S. Policy on Israel’s Capital

  1. Who are we to tell Israel what their capital city should be? Geez, the government is not happy enough trying to suppress our individual rights, they want to go tell another country what they can and can’t do. Israel calls Jerusalem their capital so it is their capital.

    • Whatever it takes to appease islam. Sissy.

      On the other hand, there are a hundred tougher questions than this one that the press have not asked.

    • Seeing them in action gives a whole different perspective. What a bunch of slime balls. Both Skippy and the namby pamby reporters squirming in their seats and smiling in contempt or embarrassment at the question being asked…

      • His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

        The phrase was used in a report prepared during the war by the United States Office of Strategic Services in describing Hitler’s psychological profile:[

  2. Romney should do an ad with that clip of Obama talking to some Jewish group (AIPAC maybe?) about an “undivided Jerusalem”…

    of course, maybe he meant an undivided PALESTINIAN Jerusalem…wouldn’t put it past him.

  3. Faced with repeated questioning during today’s briefing about which city the United States recognizes as the capital of Jerusalem

    Hmm, now things will get even more complicated, if even Jerusalem wants its own capital.

  4. I just don’t understand how any Jew could think about voting for Obama again. The video of Carney dodging should be shown on every Jewish blog/website.