Wednesday, May 26, 2021

  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021
  • Elder of Ziyon
In 2011, in response to an article in the Weekly Standard that noted that government press releases routinely referred to events in "Jerusalem, Israel" while the US was arguing that it had the right to say that a US citizen born in Jerusalem was not born in Israel, the White House scrubbed nearly all references to Jerusalem being in Israel on its website.



Later, in 2016, the White House issued a press release for Obama attending Shimon Peres' memorial service on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem. The release which originally said "Israel" but was then "corrected" to remove reference to Israel, literally crossing it out:

 

Anyone who thought that the Trump administration 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel would end this nonsense was optimistic.

During Secretary of State Blinken's visit to the Middle East now, three out of four State Department press releases refer only to "Jerusalem" with no country - contrary to standard practice - and only one mentions Israel.




Only when meeting embassy staff does it say Israel, perhaps because it is the US embassy in Israel and it would really be egregious to pretend that the US embassy isn't in the correct country.



This is no oversight - the same pattern is in Blinken's daily schedule, where the name of the country (or, in the case of the Palestinian Authority, the "West Bank") always follows the name of the city - except for Jerusalem, except for that one meeting with embassy staff:


Under the previous administration, events in Jerusalem routinely said "Israel."




It is a little too early to say - the State Department website still says (inaccurately) that the US was the first country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital -  that but it sure looks like the Biden administration is anxious to roll back all of Trump's accomplishments and go back to the absurd situation where the US considered all of Jerusalem - on both sides of the Green Line - to be a final status issue up for negotiations. 









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