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July 29th, 2012
04:40 PM ET

Romney says Jerusalem is Israel's capital, vows to move embassy

The full Mitt Romney interview airs Monday 4-7pm ET on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

(CNN) – The American embassy in Israel, currently in Tel Aviv, should move to Jerusalem, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney said in an interview Sunday.

"A nation has the capacity to choose its own capital city, and Jerusalem is Israel's capital," Romney told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview set to air Monday. "I think it's long been the policy to ultimately have our embassy in the nation's capital of Jerusalem."

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Filed under: 2012 election • Interviews • Israel • Mitt Romney
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. ThinkAboutIT

    This proposal would serve only to create instability in the region by inciting Arabs. Such a move would not be in the best interests of the US. I suggest Mitt stop focusing on his closet crusade and look at helping Americans first.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:41 am |
  2. Darby Bowen

    Now, I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, and certainly not worthy of CNN employment, but I do know that Capital is money, and Capitol is the seat of government. Just sayin'.....

    July 31, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  3. michaelfury

    Where did this "capital" move to?

    July 31, 2012 at 7:29 am |
  4. gg

    maybe the united states should move its capital to jerusalem since its foreign policy is dictated from there

    July 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • Gman


      You should run for president because you have it figured out! Our capital is indeed Jerusalem!! Few seem to know it!

      August 2, 2012 at 8:05 am |
  5. Watch Dog

    Just watched the softball questions Wolf posed to Romney in Israel. It's no wonder that CNN has been in decline. Wolf & CNN has been in a free-fall in their ability to generate critical thinking and analysis since the first Gulf War coverage.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • ed galbraith

      Not true, "watch dog".

      August 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  6. Carol

    Why does Romney think others need his opinion and we/they want him to change our lives and direction...

    July 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  7. C Oliver

    Wolf, this only prove to you that Romney goes only were the money is, the Palestine are Arabs which Romney has manege to upset them, he is going to lie to us, tell they have weapons of mass deconstructionism and start a war, I think we just had a president just do that?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  8. Doug Ericson

    Romney looks very defensive. He is going to worry even his most reliable supporters, if he carries this demeanor into the convention and on to the debates.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  9. Mike

    Wolf's teasing of this story is misleading. He keeps saying, no President has said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. However, President Obama said in 2008, then as Candidate Obama, that Jerusalem would stay the capital of Israel during his watch. So Wolf, you might be correct that no sitting President has said it, but of course our current President has called Jerusalem the capital. Now, moving the embassy is news, which does differentiate the current candidates. So why does Wolf go out of his way to imply that Romney's comment about Israel's capital is the controversial aspect of the story? Come-on Wolf, you make news with the embassy location remarks, but you chose to act like Romney is the first (controversial) Candidate to mention Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • ed galbraith

      I'm not a Romney supporter...but Mike is dead on.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  10. mb2010a

    The biggest problem being, of course, would be where to put the embassy. The old city is split into four quarters, the Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Quarters. All four quarters are going to anger somebody...this is the reason none of the other presidents have moved the embassy from Tel Aviv.

    July 30, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • mb2010a

      Armenians are christian. It's a nationality, not a religion.

      July 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Shakeel

      , that the Democrats on their own cannot elect the next President, nor can the Republicans. They need the Independent votes to win. Polls show that the matriojy of Independents are moderate. And want someone to govern from the center, not from the wings.Mitt Romney is that person. If the conservative base doesn't get their head out and think clearly, it will be to late.

      November 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  11. Thinker23

    If I'm not mistaken every Presidential candidate since George G.W .Bush and with possible exception of Obama promised to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. No news here.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:41 am |

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