Has Tel Aviv replaced Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital?

Editor: In 2012 the following article was published concerning the US administrations take on Jerusalem as the capital of Israel:

White House spokesman Jay Carney evaded a question at a press briefing regarding which city the U.S. considers to be the capital of Israel.

By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 7/27/2012, 12:37 PM
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney evaded a question at Thursday’s press briefing regarding which city the U.S. considers to be the capital of Israel.

Carney refused to disclose whether the U.S. officially believes Jerusalem or Tel Aviv to be the capital of Israel.

Persistently questioned for about a minute, an uncomfortable Carney only responded that, “I have not had that question in a while. Our position hasn’t changed.

During his election campaign, Obama reassured Jewish constituents that Jerusalem will remain the “undivided” capital of Israel. His stance since then has significantly changed.

“Let me be clear, Israel’s security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable,” Obama said at the time. “The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive and that allows them to prosper. But any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized and defensible borders. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

Obama soon retracted his remarks, saying that the word undivided “was poorly chosen.”

Editor: In 2014, two years later, according to Daniel Pipes’s research,  it would appear that Tel Aviv is regarded as the de-facto capital of Israel:

The Washington Post writes that Israeli “airstrikes raised tensions directly between Jerusalem and Damascus.” (March 19, 2014)

Agence France Press: An article on Jan. 23, “Israel PM urges European ‘fairness’ in Mideast,” states that four European Union states lodged “a formal protest against Tel Aviv’s drive to expand settlements on the West Bank.” (January 26, 2014)

Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (known as SciencesPo): a pro-Israel student cultural organization at this prestigious school goes by the name “Paris Tel-Aviv.” (October 30, 2013)

The New York Times: A front-page headline today over a story by Mark Landler and Jodi Rudoren uses “Tel Aviv” as a synonym for Israel’s capital: “Mideast Chaos Grows as U.S. Focuses on Israel—Kerry’s Tel Aviv Push Raises Questions About Priorities.” (July 2, 2013)

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