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January 26, 2014

AFP: Tel Aviv Pushes Settlement Expansion

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Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, a closet advocate of settlement expansion?

Is the secular, liberal city of Tel Aviv, and Mayor Ron Huldai of the leftist Labor Party, secretly advocating settlement expansion? If so, Agence France Presse has a scoop!

According to an AFP article last week ("Israel PM urges European 'fairness' in Mideast," Jan. 23):

Netanyahu's comments came after a diplomatic row sparked by four EU states lodging a formal protest against Tel Aviv's drive to expand settlements on the West Bank.

Unfortunately for the French wire service, this is no scoop. Rather, it's an erroneous identification of Israel's capital. Journalists frequently use the capital as shorthand to refer to a nation's government.

The seat of Israel's government, its capital, is Jerusalem. The Prime Minister's bureau is located in Jerusalem, next to the Foreign Ministry, the Bank of Israel, and across the street from the Supreme Court and the Knesset.

Other media outlets which erroneously referred to Tel Aviv as Israel's capital have corrected. For instance, The Washington Post commendably corrected on March 30, 2012:

A March 21 A-section article about President Obama's annual message to the Iranian people incorrectly referred to Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel. Israel designated Jerusalem as its capital in 1950, although many countries maintain embassies and other diplomatic missions in Tel Aviv because of the Palestinians' competing claim on Jerusalem as their capital.

Posted by TS at January 26, 2014 07:59 AM


it kind of makes sense, if you consider that the embassies are in tel aviv. that is, the u.s. and europe seem to think they are running the place.

Posted by: abby at January 26, 2014 12:19 PM

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