Thursday, 19 July 2012
the capital of Israel?
apparently (I can't bear to look) the Guardian thinks Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel. The BBC has decided that it will not say what the capital of Israel is. And there is fury and hatred on various comments pages. But the facts are these: the State of Israel was created by the UN. Tel Aviv was the capital of it for approximately the first twelve months of its existence. Israel then declared Jerusalem to be its capital. Which it is. Because every sovereign state has the right to decide what its capital city is. Whatever anyone else might think about the merits or actions of that state. It's not even true that all the embassies are in Tel Aviv. Costa Rica's, for example, is in Jerusalem. El Salvador's was until quite recently. It is stated US policy that the US embassy should be in Jerusalem - although State Department officials have done precisely nothing about moving the embassy there. But hey, haters, let's keep on pretending, hein?