3/19/2013

Obama Administration Map of Israel Omits Jerusalem, Golan Heights, and West Bank

Posted by Brian

GOVERNMENT DID THE WHITE HOUSE MAP FOR OBAMA’S MIDDLE EAST TRIP REALLY SHRINK ISRAEL’S BORDERS? 
Mar. 19, 2013 1:31pm Erica Ritz

Ahead of President Obama’s first presidential visit to Israel this week, the White House released a rather dry YouTube video highlighting his itinerary for the trip.  It was posted on March 15, but a number of people have recently seized upon a little-observed aspect of the clip: the map of Israel.  As they note, the map appears to have been altered to shrink the Israeli borders.  We decided to take a closer look.

The Washington Free Beacon wrote Monday:

The map of Israel, displayed repeatedly during the video, shows the Golan Heights, Jerusalem, northern Israel, and areas surrounding what is currently the West Bank as non-Israeli territory. The Golan Heights is shown as part of Syria; Jerusalem is shown as part of the West Bank; and northern Israel is shown as part of Lebanon. The itinerary on the White House website also implies that Jerusalem is neither Israel’s capital nor even part of Israel. The president’s schedule lists two stops in “Tel Aviv, Israel” and one in “Amman, Jordan” but his activities in Israel’s capital city are identified as taking place only in “Jerusalem” — with no country name attached. This keeps with a reluctantly-acknowledged administration policy of denying that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital or even a part of Israel.  [Emphasis added]

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