Tel Aviv’s mayor has dropped the city’s long-time rivalry with Jerusalem to remind Britain that the holy city is Israel’s capital – no matter what the BBC says.
The British broadcast authority, which has often been charged with bias against Israel, listed “East Jerusalem” as the capital for the “Palestinian Olympic team" while leaving Israel listed without a capital.
After Israel and Jews around the world complained, the BBC partly corrected its mistake and stated that Israel’s "seat of government is Jerusalem" while still omitting Jerusalem as the capital. Just to get its point across, it added, "Most foreign embassies reside in Tel Aviv."
Earlier this year, a British newspaper referred to Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel.
Tel Aviv Mayor of Ron Huldai has now come to the rescue in a YouTube video, in which he says that although his city is “one of the coolest cities in the world and Israel’s financial and cultural center, we are not Israel’s capital. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.” (He obviously was not referring to the torrid temperatures when he used the word "coolest").
He wished Britain success in hosting the Olympics Games and invited the country’s Jews to visit Tel Aviv and enjoy its beaches and tourist sites.
Putting aside the longtime contest between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv residents over which is the better city, Huldai stated categorically that after tourists finish visiting all of the city’s attractions, “you are welcome to visit the historical and religious sites of the capital of Israel – Jerusalem."