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What is the capital of Israel?

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Submitted by A. S. Kraditor (United States), Jul 20, 2006 at 14:05

I never expected to see the following passage in an article by Mr. Pipes: "... I suggest that the administration make the following requests of Tel Aviv...." Surely he knows that the capital of Israel is Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, and surely he would defend Israel's right to choose which city to designate as its capital.

Moreover, George Bush promised, before his election, to shift our embassy to Jerusalem; does Mr. Pipes believe that the administration's violation of that promise justifies his own use of the above-quoted phrase?

Submitting....

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Daniel Pipes replies:

here is what I added soon after the publication of this article:

July 20, 2006 update: * As originally submitted, this line read, "Building on this assessment of Israel, I suggest the administration make three requests." In the course of editing, the sentence was changed to the above. Only after publication did some readers point out to me, correctly, that Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, is the capital of Israel, and that my text implies otherwise.

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