WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY REFUSES TO STATE THAT JERUSALEM IS CAPITAL OF ISRAEL

National Conference on Jewish Affairs Expresses Shock Over White House Press Secretary’s Unwillingness to State that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel

 
Jewish leaders again urge President Obama to state clearly that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel
 
 
For Immediate Release
 
New York, July 27, 2012 — In yet another indication of a policy toward Israel that troubles Jewish leaders, White House press secretary Jay Karney has been caught on videotape unable to enunciate that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish State, Israel.  The National Conference on Jewish Affairs (NCJA) once again calls on President Obama to state clearly that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel.  
 
 
Repeatedly asked by reporters this week to state the Obama Administration’s position on the capital of Israel, Karney refused to answer the question:
 
This response echoes the equally inadequate response of Obama’s State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, earlier this year:
 

MS. NULAND:  Well, you know that our position on Jerusalem has not changed.  The first media note was issued in error, without appropriate clearances.  We reissued the note to make clear that undersecretary, acting undersecretary for — our — Kathy Stevens will be travelling to Algiers, Doha, Amman, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. With regard to our Jerusalem policy, it’s a permanent-status issue.  It’s got to be resolved through the negotiations between the parties.

Q:  Is it the view of the — of the United States that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, notwithstanding the question about the embassy — the location of the U.S. embassy?

MS. NULAND:  We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem.

Q:  Does that — does that mean that you do not regard Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?

MS. NULAND:  Jerusalem is a permanent-status issue.  It’s got to be resolved through negotiations.

Q:  That seems to suggest that you do not regard Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Is that correct or not?

MS. NULAND:  I have just spoken to this issue —

Q:  (Inaudible.)

MS. NULAND:  — and I have nothing further to say on it.

Q:  You’ve spoken to the issue —

MS. NULAND:  Yeah.

Q:  — but (haven’t answered ?) the question.  And I think there’s a lot of people out there who are interested in hearing a real answer and not saying — and not trying to duck and say that this has got to be resolved by negotiations between the two sides.

MS. NULAND:  That is our —

Q:  What is the capital of Israel?

MS. NULAND:  Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through negotiations.  That’s all I have to say on this issue.

Q:  What is the capital of Israel according —

MS. NULAND:  Our embassy, as you know, is located in Tel Aviv.

Q:  So does that mean you regard Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel?

MS. NULAND:  The issue on Jerusalem has to be settled through negotiations.

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Q: I just want to go back to — I want to clarify something, perhaps give you an “out” on your Jerusalem answer.  Is it your — is it your position that all of Jerusalem is a final-status issue, or do you think — or is it just East Jerusalem?

MS. NULAND:  Matt, I don’t have anything further to what I’ve said 17 times on that subject. OK? 

Q:  All right.  So hold on.  So I just want to make sure.  You’re saying that all of Jerusalem, not just East Jerusalem, is a final-status issue.

MS. NULAND:  Matt, I don’t have anything further on Jerusalem to what I’ve already said.

 
 
 
 
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