The State Department of Palestine

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


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Jerusalem has, for the last several thousand years, been the holiest city in Jerusalem. Last week, Israelis celebrated Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day – the day in 1967 when the Israel Defense Forces liberated Jerusalem from Arab rule, reuniting the city and opening its holy places to all who wish to visit them.

For 45 years, Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel. And yet the position of the United States government remains that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel. That position was clarified in March 2012 by a State Department official, Victoria Nuland, who refused to say that Jerusalem was a part of Israel at all:

QUESTION: Is it the State Department’s position that Jerusalem is not part of Israel?

NULAND: You know that our position on Jerusalem has not changed …. With regard to our Jerusalem policy, it’s a permanent-status issue. It’s got to be resolved through the negotiations between the parties.

QUESTION: 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 US embassy?

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

This is asinine for several reasons. First, it is an on-the-ground fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Belfast may be a disputed city in Ireland, but nobody challenges the fact that it is the capital of Ireland. Denying that Jerusalem is a part of Israel is denying that Israel has any right to defend itself at all, or that even the portion of Jerusalem not liberated in 1967 is Jewish territory.

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  • Anamah

    We need to wait patiently until our next President. Until then this anti Israel administration must do nothing on this matter. Hopefully we should stop the madness and try to pass the time as busy we can be.

  • Noel Moynihan

    Belfast may be a disputed city in Ireland, but nobody challenges the fact that it is the capital of Ireland. ??????

    For your information DUBLIN is the capital of Ireland.

    • oldtimer

      You are soo right… The stupidity of our government officials nevers ceases to amaze me.

    • logdon

      Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland which is an entirely separate state.

      When Ireland was granted independence Protestants fled north where six counties were carved out as a safe enclave.

      It's a long and complicated tale with religion at its heart, however unlike the mindless Muslim hatred of Jews the Irish differences have been ironed out and violence has ceased.

  • crackerjack

    Why is the Obama administration being thrown under the bus here? Bush or Reagan could have recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but refused. If elected, Romney will also refuse. And why bash the USA? Not a single nation on the globe recognizes Israel's claim to East Jerusalem, which remains under the status of "occupied" along with the West Bank.

    Israel's unilateral claim to Jerusalem resembles the PA's unilateral claim to statehood. Political symbolism.

    East Jerusalem

    • stern

      Can you please explain something to me.

      For more than 3,000 years, Jews lived in Jerusalem – specifically in the part now referred to you and others as "East Jerusalem". In 1948, Jordan illegally captured the Old City of Jerusalem and the suburbs to the east, ethnically cleansing every single Jew in those areas. Incidentally, under Jordanian occupation, Jewish places of worship and cemeteries were defiled and destroyed, and Jewish tombstones were used to build latrines. Also only Muslims were permitted to visit holy sites.

      In 1967, Jordan attacked Israel, again quite illegally. In defending itself, Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem and the eastern suburbs. The first thing Israel did was to open all places to worship to all religions. In a move of supreme idiocy, they also gave the Islamic Waqf control over the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, but still …

      Knowing this, can you explain to me how 3,000 years of Jewish history, interrupted for a mere 19 years and then resumed in the most open and ethical manner possible, can be trumped by less than 2 decades of illegal Jordanian occupation?

      Don't bother, I know the answer. You buy this ridiculous argument for two reasons: because the Palestinians said so. And because otherwise, the Jews would be right, and that's what really sticks in your craw.

      • crackerjack

        The last time before '67 that the Jews had anything near resembling a form of rule over Jerusalem was a brief beriod between 200-100 BC before the region was absorbed by Rome. Everything before that was bronze age tribalism.

        But who cares? 200 BC the Macedonians ruled Asia Minor and the Saxons were invading Celtic England. Are we to expect backdated claims here also? LOL. Get a life and get back into the real world.

        • Ted G

          You forgot to put your hands over your ears and sing LA LA LA LA I'm not listening to you!

      • nina

        Before oil money and the socializing of the West, the UN was quite different. It wasn't under the Islamic boot. Jordan's capture of Jerusalem in 1948, was described by then UN secretary Trigve lei, as the first case of aggression since WWII. But of course Europe and the US disregarded this statement because of political reasons.
        And, of course, everybody keeps repeating that Jerusalem is holly to three religions. But who made it so? Who built Jerusalem and gave this name? Who wrote the Bible which the other two religions seem to have appropriated?

        So looking for justice, is futile. But I would suppose that the US should have learned that appeasing the Arab/Palestine front makes them even more ravenously hungry.

    • reader

      "Not a single nation on the globe recognizes Israel's claim to East Jerusalem, which remains under the status of "occupied" along with the West Bank."

      And why is that? Jerusalem is Jewish. Why is that that the "nations of the globe" have no problem with the Russians keeping Konigsberg, Vyborg and Kuril Islands taken from other peoples during WWII, for example? Why so selective toward the Jews? And why the State Department should follow the "nations of the world"?

    • Ron Lewenberg

      Actually some countries recognize "East Jerusalem" as the capitol of "Palestine". Meanwhile West Jerusealem, which has been part of Israel since 1948, is not accepted as Israeli territory.
      You miss the bias.

    • ziontruth

      "Not a single nation on the globe recognizes Israel's claim to East Jerusalem, which remains under the status of 'occupied' along with the West Bank."

      There you have it: The idea that an appeal to majority makes moral right or factual truth. A basic logical fallacy, but what the heck.

      (Expect when it suits otherwise. If a majority of Israeli Jews oppose land concessions, then the anti-Zionists suddenly forget their appeals to majority.)

    • Barbara

      East Jerusalem used to be known as the "Jewish Quarter."
      At the beginning of the 20th century when the area was under the Ottoman Turks, according to the Turkish census, the majority of the population in the Jerusalem was Jewish.

      Crackerjack, you really should not speak out about this subject since you appear to be ignorant.

      • crackerjack

        Downtown New Orleans is known as "French Quater". Are we now to expect French rule? LOL.

  • Larry

    The State Department needs to be thrown under the bus. They have been producing this sort of garbage for years. It was the State Department advice that led to George Marshall pulling the reigns on the KMT when they had the communists beaten in China, and look how well that turned out.

    • http://frontpage.com richard sherman

      The State Dept has been anti -semetic for 70 years ( They still cheer what happened to the Jews from THE ST. LOUIS at State. ) The only place more antianti -semetic than the State Dept is within the pages of the Koran.

    • choi

      interesting that you bring up George Marshall.
      THAT POS has a HUGErole in the Allies doing NOTHING to stop the Holocaust.
      He wouldn't even bomb Railroad tracks leading to Concentration and Extermination Camps,despite the fact that GERMAN WAR MATERIALS were being produced by Slave Laborers.
      How was the I.G.Farben "operation" at Auschwitz NOT a Military Target???
      After the War,he did everything he could to shaft Jewish survivors and Marshall,May He Burn in Hell,did everything he could to stop Israel's Re-Birth ,including opposing U.S. Recognition of the new State.

      • choi

        Also one of Marshall's "excuses" was that the Camps were "beyond range",yet a b-17 took Recon photos of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the B-29,which bombed Japan from far longer distances ,NEVER was used in Europe?
        WHY?

  • peter m

    I was confused by the first sentence: "Jerusalem has, for the last several thousand years, been the holiest city in Jerusalem."

    • Lorne

      I still am.

      • bradbrzezinski

        The second "Jerusalem" should be "Judaism."

  • watsa46

    The US interests and the Jews interests are different furthermore the West has all the intentions of the world to show that moral imperatives and ethics is to be imposed to others through power. Those who have power have no need for moral imperative or ethics.To undermine the Jews is a goal in itself in the mind of the West in an unhealthy alliance with the Muslims. This is JUDEOPHOBIA plain and simple.

    • choi

      Jewish Interests is TO SURVIVE!
      The War AGAINST the Jews is constant and continuous.
      To learn how the West has screwed The Jews every which way ,READ "The Secret War Against The Jews" by a GREAT man,John Loftus.

      • watsa46

        Loftus & Aaron.

  • StephenD

    How can our State Department NOT recognize Jerusalem as the Capital if Israel says…it's the capital?!? Could Israel now turn to us and say we refuse to recognize D.C. as the Capital and only see Mt. Vernon as legitimate? Would that invalidate D.C.? Than neither should our decision to not recognize Jerusalem invalidate it. This is pure politics and makes us look foolish and weak. I can’t wait for November.

    • johnnywoods

      I was thinking it ought to be Bakersfield Cal.:)

  • Herbster

    What did you expect having an anti-semitic islamo/communist living in public housing at 1600?

  • mrbean

    Historically, spiritually and politically, Jerusalem was and is the Capital of the Jewish people. However, the city has its share of problems in the turbulent situation of the Middle East, this is over and above its daily municipal administrative problems. Therefore, Israel has agreed to address the issues relating to Jerusalem in the permanent status negotiations of the Current Peace Process between Israel and the Palestinians. Thirty-two years after its reunification no-one expects Moslems and Christians to give up their claims to their holy places, however neither should expect Jews to give up their ancient capital. Only recognition of the centrality of Jerusalem to the Jewish people and the right of millions of believers of the monotheistic faiths to their holy sites, will foster co-existence and harmony in the city, and shoulder the challenge of the future, while using the words of King David, who made this city the capital of our nation:

    • stern

      As I noted in my reply above to crackerjack, Israel has always shown the utmost respect – too much, in fact – for Muslim holy places and has always ensured that everyone is able to worship wherever they want (except for Jews who – heaven forbid – are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount and will be arrested by ISRAELI police if they do).

      The problem is that the Arabs keep screaming about Israel "Judaizing" Jerusalem (as if that's even possible!). You can bet that if the Arabs ever did regain control of the Old City, any vestige of religious freedom would disappear in a flash.

      • johnnywoods

        It is fascinating to see how the very existence of Jerusalem as a Jewish capital gets the collective world`s "thongs in a twist". For a city that has few natural resources, if any, and is not a major trade center, has no strategic value , it seems strange that so many are irritated about it. Or maybe I missed something along the way.

  • Adam Dalgliesh

    Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 63 years, Ben–not 45 years, as you say. Israel transferred its capital to Jerusalem and adopted legislation offiically proclaiming it as its capital in 1949. Tel Aviv functioned as Israel's capital only during the War of Independence in 1948, when Jerusalem was beseiged by the Palestinians and Jordanians.

    • stern

      Excellent point, thank you.

    • johnnywoods

      Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3000 years no matter what any foreign government says. Jews have lived there continuously since King David captured it and made it his capital. If you don`t like that then take it up with the MOST HIGH. I`m sure HE will take your objection under advisement.

  • EthanP

    The US State Dept. has been dominated by Arabists since WW2. Why are we surprised? Wait, I'm not! Even with friendlier Republican administrations, the prevailing Arabist culture at State dominates. I pray it will not take another 911 event to finally end our cowtowing to these, our enemies.

  • Marty

    I was in Jerusalem in March and found no one there who cares what the Department of State says. And why should they? Even better, the suburb of Maale Adumin has a tough, smart, and popular Likudnik mayor who has led the building of a model community where there was once nothing at all. As the Israeli prime minister said recently, "We build, the [palestinian] murderers destroy." Jerusalem has been an open and accessible city to all faiths since the Six Day War ended 45 years ago. Israelis since 1967 have not had to worry about jordanian soldiers stealing Jewish cemetary tombstones to use as urinals or palestinians doing everything they can to eliminate any indication of the three thousand year old Jewish presence in Jerusalem. It is and will remain the Israeli capital city.

  • choi

    True.Look no further than that piece of Texas cow manure,James Baker.

    • johnnywoods

      Hey choi, please do not insult Texas cows:) They are not responsible for that bastard.

  • Willy Rho

    I have always thought, as a Christian, that Jews are the most brilliant people on the face of the Earth. But, they seem to have a couple of totally blind spots in their visions. First is their inability to see Socialism/Marxism as an unworkable Government/Economic model. The second is to try to make untenable lifestyle choices workable. How can such a brilliant people, and I Love them all, be so blind to natural human nature and how some lead to inconsistencies in implementation. By the Way, the only workable solution for Israel is to make everything west of the Jordan, Israeli territory. The Palestinians were a fabricated people to vex Israel forever.

  • Beth

    Isa 66:20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.

    This Scripture is in the Dead Sea Scrolls…..A proof of record kept untouched for approx. 2000 years and long before the koran ever came along (which by the way….devoted a whole chapter to the children of Israel).

    Jerusalem belongs to Israel. Always has….and always will.

    The best part?….the present administration of America is temporary.

  • bradbrzezinski

    To make matters worse, both Britain and the USA (& lilely other countries) maintain consulates in East Jerusalem catering specifically to Palestinian Arabs.

    This sends the message that that the Islamic claim to Jerusalem surpasses the Jewish claim. It's disgusting.

  • Schlomotion

    "Jerusalem has, for the last several thousand years, been the holiest city in Jerusalem."

    This is the problem with American Jews giving Levantine geography lessons.

    • reader

      Are you thru watching elections – whatever election s you were watching, tro schlo? Now you're on to teach the Jews your infinite wisdom again?

    • http://www.dikaesha.pbwiki.com Foolster41

      And yet you still insist you don't hate Jews.

  • Mike

    This is a terribly written column. I get the thrust of his point on Jerusalem, and he is right. But it is lost amid factual and grammatical errors. And Belfast is not the capital of Ireland. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, which is part of Great Britain. The capital of Ireland is DUBLIN.