On March 28, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland got into a testy exchange with Associated Press reporter Matt Lee over her refusal to say that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The State Department had issued a press release listing Jerusalem and Israel as separate countries, and Lee wanted to know why. “Well, you know that our position on Jerusalem has not changed,” Nuland said, adding, “It’s got to be resolved through the negotiations between the parties.”
Twice more Lee asked, point-blank, What is the capital of Israel? “Our embassy, as you know, is located in Tel Aviv,” was Nuland’s answer, repeating again that the status of Jerusalem—which has been Israel’s capital since late 1949—can only be determined through negotiations with the Palestinians.
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Omri Ceren, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, is writing a dissertation on conspiracy theories. He writes the blog Mere Rhetoric and regularly appears on Commentary’s blog.