Responding to a BBC report that listed East Jerusalem as the capital for the Palestinian Olympic team and that listed no capital for Israel, Tel Aviv’s mayor, Ron Huldai, posted a YouTube video stating the following: “The city of Tel-Aviv is one of the coolest cities in the world ... Israel’s financial and cultural center, but there is one thing we are not, we are not Israel’s capital. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. It became the capital 3,500 years ago.
For centuries, Jews all over the world hoped to go back to the Holy Land and would pray to be ‘next year in Jerusalem.’” On July 26 Barack Obama’s press secretary refused to name the capital of Israel when pressed on the matter by the two most senior White House correspondents (“So, Mr. President, What IS the Capital of Israel,” Town Hall, July 26, 2012).
(Friday Church News Notes, Aug 3, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)