The United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“International law makes states the sole determinants of their own
Nevertheless, of the 190 nations with which America has
diplomatic relations, Israel is the only one whose capital is not recog-
nized by the US government. The US embassy, like most others, is in
Tel Aviv, forty miles from
The United States does maintain a consulate in East Jerusalem, however, that deals with Israeli Jews in Jerusalem and Palestinians in the territories. The office works independent of the embassy, reporting directly to Washington, and the consul general is not accredited to Israel. His residence is in West Jerusalem.
A whole set of rules (e.g., not allowing official cars to fly the US flag in
the city, and marking the birthplace of Americans born in Jerusalem
as Jerusalem rather than Israel) were established to do everything pos-
sible to avoid the appearance of US legitimization of Israel’s capital.
TheUnited States not only refused to locate its embassy in Jerusalem,
but also pressured others not to do so.
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