Monday, November 21, 2011

CAMERA - Ha'aretz Relocates Israel's Capital

20 November '11

Now you may have heard about the "State of Tel Aviv," but Ha'aretz took matters in a slightly different direction today. Taking the lead from foreign publications like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, the Israeli daily today relocated Israel's capital to Tel Aviv.

In an Op-Ed, Amir Oren writes:

The bottom line shows that the U.S. is pulling away from Israel, that Washington is making a greater effort to deter Tel Aviv than Tehran.

While Israel's Defense Ministry is located in Tel Aviv, the seat of government is still, at last check, in Jerusalem. Journalists use "Washington" as a shorthand for the U.S. government, as Oren does here, obviously because it is the American capital. (The Pentagon, the headquarters of the American Department of Defense in located in Arlington, Va., and yet Oren correctly refers to Washington, not Arlington, as shorthand for the U.S.)

The Boston Globe commendably corrected this point. Will Ha'aretz? The Globe error and correction follow:

Error (Boston Globe, 7/14/03): The refugees and many other Palestinians publicly say there can be no peace with Israel until Tel Aviv recognizes the refugees’ right to return.

Correction (7/17/03): Because of an editing error, a story on a Palestinian protest in Monday’s World pages incorrectly suggested that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel. The capital is Jerusalem.

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