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Times of London: ‘We were wrong. Tel Aviv is NOT Israel’s capital’


Tel Aviv is not Israel’s capital. That distinction of course belongs to Jerusalem.

Yet, time and again, newspapers have gotten this fundamental fact about Israel wrong, before eventually being forced to acknowledge their error. 

One of the most well-reported instances of a media group being forced to apologize after making such an egregious error occurred on August 7, 2012, when the Guardian finally accepted that they were ‘wrong to state that Tel Aviv…is the capital’ of Israel.

A more recent case involves the Times of London, in a blurb in their print edition on June 28th (about the 2003 terror attack at Mike’s Place in Tel Aviv) that we were going to post about at the time – before the Gaza war broke out and our blog’s coverage naturally shifted focus.

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The Times later corrected the false claim:

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Finally, we’ll leave you with this short video of Tel Aviv’s mayor patiently explaining that his city is NOT Israel’s capital.

17 replies »

  1. Will miracles never cease. Here I thought leftists were incapable of learning. Tel-Aviv has never been the capital. Jerusalem is the one and only capital that Israel has ever had – how hard is that to understand?

    • Here I thought leftists were incapable of learning.

      Looks like it’s you who has some learning to do too – because the vast majority of leftists correctly identify Jerusalem as the capital.

  2. Western (and other) countries put their embassies in Tel-Aviv but many have a consulate in Jerusalem catering to Arabs. In this way they discriminate symbolically against Judaism.

    Of course catering to Arab refugees as the UN does, whilst ignoring Jewish ones – like those from the Jerusalem Quarter in 1948 – is discrimination against Middle Eastern Jews.

    It’s past time for one of those RESETS, as these facts alone should disqualify nearly every country from commenting.

    P.S. During the past two Gaza Wars, Hamas has exulted in its ability to fire rockets at Jerusalem. There has been almost no Muslim outcry over this, apart from one Jerusalem imam. The Islamic claim to Jerusalem centres around Al Aqsa which could have been destroyed. One would think such a circumstance might cause a change in thinking but, not a sausage.

  3. The one thing that is getting the lest attention could be the most dangerous the global threat is ISIS now has broadened its name to ISIL. (Islamic state of Iraq and Levant) The Levant region also known as East Mediterranean between Anatolia, this is of necessity includes Israel.Is Israel to be swallowed up into the global Caliphate?

    • Those clowns are Arabs fighting Arabs. The West won’t help Israel, but then again we don’t really need any help in that area.

  4. There is always the question of whether such news outlets do this due to a) sheer ignorance, b) the mistaken idea that because most governments do not recognise Jerusalem as capital, neither should they or c) pure stubborness or indeed malice (as seen by anti-Israeli “activists” online – who I always enjoy correcting).

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