In spite of what some might want us to believe – from Jewish Journal:
Jerusalem: To be or not to be part of Israel. That’s the question that White House administrations have tiptoed around for decades.
The State Department neither recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital nor views the eastern part of the city—captured from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War and subsequently annexed—as part of Israel. But Congress passed a law in 2002 that effectively recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Presidents have been caught in the middle, cautiously balancing their pro-Israel rhetoric against longstanding U.S. policy.
That’s exactly where the Obama administration found itself last week after news reports revealed that the White House quietly had removed all references to Jerusalem as being part of Israel from a collection of photos on its website…
It is amazingly cowardly of us to not just recognize historic and current reality – Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel. To all intents and purposes, it always has been and always will be. Its been 44 years since the Israelis liberated the eastern section of Jerusalem from Moslem misrule and it is high time we just bit the bullet and did the right thing.
But we can’t do that! It would offend Islam! Yeah, and our failure to recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel has won us just so many friend in the Moslem world, right? Get real – there is nothing we can do to make them hate us any more than they already do, while a course of forthright action will at least instruct them that we are people of courage and not to be trifled with. Recognize the Israeli liberation of Jerusalem..and throw in the Golan for good measure. Time to end this silliness and start acting like we’ve got a backbone.