Skip to comments.Video: State Dept Wont Recognize Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel
Posted on 03/28/2012 5:48:38 PM PDT by markedmannerf
View the video of the exchange here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J74LilHP2Wk
Here is a transcript of the exchange from today. You can view the full transcript here.
QUESTION: Yesterday there was a bit of a kerfuffle over an announcement that was made by the Department about the travel of your boss.
MS. NULAND: Yes.
QUESTION: Is it the State Departments position that Jerusalem is not part of Israel?
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 Under Secretary Acting Under Secretary for R, Kathy Stephens, will be traveling to Algiers, Doha, Amman, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. With regard to our Jerusalem policy, its a permanent status issue; its got to be resolved through negotiations between the parties.
QUESTION: Is it the view 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.
QUESTION: Does that mean that you do not regard Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?
MS. NULAND: Jerusalem is a permanent status issue; its got to be resolved through negotiations.
QUESTION: 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 --
QUESTION: No, no. But --
MS. NULAND: -- and I have nothing further to say on it.
QUESTION: Youve spoken to the issue but didnt answer the question, and I think theres 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 --
QUESTION: What is the capital of Israel?
MS. NULAND: Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is it has to be solved through negotiations. Thats all I have to say on this issue.
QUESTION: What is the capital of Israel?
MS. NULAND: Our Embassy, as you know, is located in Tel Aviv.
QUESTION: So does that mean that you regard Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel?
MS. NULAND: The issue on Jerusalem has to be settled through negotiations.
Lalit, thank you.
QUESTION: Change of subject?
MS. NULAND: Yeah. Say again?
QUESTION: Change of subject?
MS. NULAND: Yeah.
And this surprises who?
The question should have been, “Does the state department recognize Israel’s existence?”
She should be horse whipped for that little
“She should be horse whipped for that little
Don’t horse whip the messenger. She is only saying what she is told to say. Although, I’m sure she agrees with the statements.
She probably would have answered in the affirmative
if the question had been,” What is the capital of
The solution is no nominate and elect Newt Gingrich. He will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, period, end of debate.
If the Muslims don’t like it, to Hell with’em.
Jerusalem has been the capitol of Israel
longer than the US has existed.
Shame on the State Dept for its continuing
hatred of Israel and Jews.
The murderer of a handicapped Jew is idolized
but the capitol of Israel is ignored.
“The solution is no nominate and elect Newt Gingrich...”
Like I said. The only way this is remotely possible is via brokered convention. Do you really think this is going to happen? I’d love to see this, really. But I have to live in the real world. It has been quite obvious, for months now, that Romney has been appointed to be the loser this time around. Newt strikes fear in the establishment’s heart.
“Newt strikes fear in the establishments heart.”
Romney is a Republican pretender, as he is actually a liberal Democrat.
Yes, Newt scares the establishment. I’ve been saying since late last Novemeber that Newt Gingrich is the only person who will stop the gravy train in Washington, D.C. He has said that it is broken and he intends to fix it. No wonder Capital Hill is pooping in their silk panties at the thought of him running the government!
Take cheer, for though it looks like a Romney sure-thing, it isn’t over until the balloon drop at the Tampa convention in August.
Unfortunately, this nonsense isn’t a new Obama thing. It is longstanding policy
There was actually legislation, passed during the GW Bush administration, that required the USA to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, move the embassy etc. Bush made a “signing statement” that said he regarded the law as advice only, and kept on with business as usual.
Candidate Obama brazenly lied (to folks who wanted to be lied to) that he regarded Jerusalem as the “eternal undivided capital of Israel. Once in office, however, that notion was quickly discarded.
Well now, it looks as the state dep’t just poked the God of Israel in the eye...What arrogance.
George W. Bush betrayed Israel too. When Congress in 2002 passed a law mandating that passports of U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem said “ISRAEL”, and Bush wrote an Obama-style signing statement saying he would refuse to enforce that provision. Prick.
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What’s the deal here? Bush didn’t want to recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel? And when we passed a law to do so, Bush reneged to sign it? I know I’m missing something here, what is it. Why would we need a law for something as obvious as that? And what’s his refusal about?
>elect Newt Gingrich. He will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem,<
Yes well George W. Bush said the same thing, when he was running for President, but it was words to get elected. There isn’t anyone, either running for or in public office going to do that because every Muslim country on this planet will try to eradicate us and Israel.
“...every Muslim country on this planet will try to eradicate us and Israel.”
Lil Flower, they’re already trying to do that.
Thanks to Obama, most of the nations in North Africa have destroyed their modern economies and gone backwards in time 300-years! Muslims there in the near future will be faced with the challenge of just getting enough to eat.
Oh I totally agree with what you’re saying, its our so called, pff, “leaders,” who are deathly afraid of upsetting the delicate muslim peoples.
My God I am so sick of cowards.
Exactly. The murder of the Jews in Israel is also ignored. And by moving the capitol out of Jerusalem, it will set in place a piece of the strategy to take down Israel. Zer0 is setting up the circle of death which started with the Arab Spring which set in place the The Society of the Muslim Brothers.
Here are the countries and how they are being affected:
This is against our Judeo-Christian principles that coexist with our constitution...
Is this why the Saudis are helping their double agent in the WH by turning on the oil spigots?
Bill was passed and signed into law under Clinton, but it contained a waiver for national security which the President can sign every six months, as Clinton, Bush and now Obama have done. GWB’s waivers probably the most egregious as he not only ran on the issue but had it inserted into the Republican Platform, making the GOP dishonest on the issue.
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What’s a congressional resolution got to do with US policy? Those idiots are just doing the bidding of AIPAC, so we can wipe our a@#es on anything they say./s
“The murderer of a handicapped Jew is idolized...”
That was just euthenasia, a cause dear to liberals from Joseph Goebels on. He asked to be thrown off the deck of that cruise ship. He went on the cruise hoping it would be hijacked and he’d be thrown overboard by a merciful terrorist./s
On top of hearing this, I came across this today....."The time to pray for Israel is right now. Alarming news has just come out that the enemies of Israel have cunningly planned a provocation against Israel this Friday, March 30. This provocation has been planned and prepared by Iran and other Islamic extremist groups. Protesters from all over the world who believe Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians, and not to the Jewish people will march toward the borders of Israel, with the officially stated aim to "end the Zionist policies of apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and to liberate the holy city of Jerusalem from illegal Zionist occupation.
I have no idea if this is true about Friday. So is the reason for this waiver - something to do with the Palestinians?
We should always write unConstitutional before “signing statement”. It’s another attempt at continuing the imperial presidency, along with a Congress that’s abrogated it’s legitimate obligation to legislate to the Executive. Disgusting.
In this case national security = oil = Saudi Arabia.
Essentially. The State dept doesn’t recognize any part of Jerusalem as part of Israel. Note the Embassy site which was purchased in the 90s, is in “West” Jerusalem, and has been part of Israel since it’s founding. So far three Presidents are afraid to cross State, we’ll see about the fourth.
What is their 'excuse' for not recognizing Jerusalem?
It's like saying NYC isn't apart of NY.
The law is Clinton era, and contains a waiver option.
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