Via the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper, at yesterday’s press briefing Jay Carney was asked what city Obama believed to be the capital of Israel. Incredibly, Carney wouldn’t answer the question, mumbled something about not getting that question for a while, and then quickly tried to change the subject. But the woman who asked, along with another reporter, were unwilling to give Carney a pass. But even after being asked point blank whether the capital is Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, he still refused to answer and instead repeated the mantra that "our position hasn’t changed", but wouldn’t reveal just what that unchanged position is.
As Halper notes, the pro-Israel PAC, the Emergency Committee for Israel, was not amused by Obama’s latest pandering to our enemies in the Middle East and they responded with this video ad:
I’m confused. At the beginning of the above video, it sounded an awful lot like Obama averred in 2008 that "Jerusalem will remain Israel’s capital and it must remain divided". Why, then, can’t his regime answer this simple question in 2012? What has changed? More broadly, why is this even an issue? What do we have to gain by insulting our only real ally in the Middle East with this kind of lunacy? Maybe the Obama Administration could pick up the phone and ask Prime Minister Netanyahu to identify his country’s capital. Or better yet, let’s watch Netanyahu speak to this question on Youtube:
Jerusalem is not a settlement … it is our capital.
It doesn’t get any clearer than that, which makes it difficult to understand how the most brilliant administration in our nation’s history can be so confused. I wonder if Mr. Netanyahu would have half as much trouble identifying our capital as Obama does Israel’s. I’m guessing not.
Update: Mark Levin discusses Carney’s comments as only he can. Click here to listen.