2008, then-Senator Barack Obama called Jerusalem the capital of Israel when addressing a pro-Israel audience, just as Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney did this week. Obama flip flopped but you can be sure Romney never will on this issue.
Any negotiated agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, obama said, “must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish state with secure, recognized, defensible borders. And Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided.”
Of course obama flip flopped on that statement as he has done on so many others. the senator for Illinois told CNN, “Well, obviously, it’s going to be up to the parties to negotiate a range of these issues. And Jerusalem will be part of those negotiations.” A spokesman for his campaign sought to explain that what Obama opposed was a return to a city divided by “barbed wire and checkpoints as it was in 1948-67.”
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer later ask Romney whether he considers Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital, the former Massachusetts governor replied: “Yes, of course. A nation has the capacity to choose its own capital city, and Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.”