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November 20, 2011

Ha'aretz Relocates Israel's Capital

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Now you may have heard about the "State of Tel Aviv," but Ha'aretz took matters in a slightly different direction today. Taking the lead from foreign publications like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, the Israeli daily today relocated Israel's capital to Tel Aviv.

In an Op-Ed, Amir Oren writes:

The bottom line shows that the U.S. is pulling away from Israel, that Washington is making a greater effort to deter Tel Aviv than Tehran.

While Israel's Defense Ministry is located in Tel Aviv, the seat of government is still, at last check, in Jerusalem. Journalists use "Washington" as a shorthand for the U.S. government, as Oren does here, obviously because it is the American capital. (The Pentagon, the headquarters of the American Department of Defense in located in Arlington, Va., and yet Oren correctly refers to Washington, not Arlington, as shorthand for the U.S.)

The Boston Globe commendably corrected this point. Will Ha'aretz? The Globe error and correction follow:

Error (Boston Globe, 7/14/03): The refugees and many other Palestinians publicly say there can be no peace with Israel until Tel Aviv recognizes the refugees’ right to return.

Correction (7/17/03): Because of an editing error, a story on a Palestinian protest in Monday’s World pages incorrectly suggested that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel. The capital is Jerusalem.

Posted by TS at November 20, 2011 02:29 PM


Tel Aviv does deserve to be at least a second capital of Ha'Aretz Yisra'el until Yerushalayim gets its act together and starts being an 'ir of republican democracy.

Posted by: Nicole Czarnecki at November 20, 2011 03:53 PM

Are some tongues cleaving to the roof of mouths,
and right hands losing their cunning as cried out in the Bible if Jerusalem is ever forgotten.

Picking Tel Aviv as Israel's capital concedes that Jerusalem isn't all Israel's. Because the Palestinians want or claim East Jerusalem, is no reason to help their spurious cause by tacitly indicating concession. Jordan illegally captured East Jerusalem and held it by accident in the 1948 war. That conferred no legal right to hand it over to the Palestinians. We all know what happens to Jews and Jewish rights when Arabs take over a territory. Especially now with Fatah joining Hamas. Jerusalem must stay Israel's, and then "open" religious freedoms can be offered to all. Let's not concede things that should not be negotiable, or concede anything unilaterally in advance without reciprocal concessions being gained.

Posted by: Arnold Handelman at November 21, 2011 11:42 AM

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