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Rubio Tells Peres, ‘Of Course’ Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital

US State Department spokesmen on several occasions have refused to give a straight answer to reporters’ questions concerning the location of Israel’s capital.
Israeli president Shimon Peres meets shake hands with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) at the president's residence in Jerusalem. February 20, 2013.

Israeli president Shimon Peres meets shake hands with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) at the president's residence in Jerusalem. February 20, 2013.
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Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio boldly stated to President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem Wednesday that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, but the office of the president omitted the remark in its Hebrew language press release of the meeting.

Already touted as presidential timber for the 2016 election campaign, Sen. Rubio told President Peres that Jerusalem is “of course the capital of your country,” a statement that no president or vice president would dare make given Palestinian Authority demands on the city.

U.S. State Department spokesmen on several occasions have refused to give a straight answer to reporters’ questions concerning the location of Israel’s capital.

The omission of Rubio’s statement in the official press release reflects Peres’ adulation of President Barack Obama and his concern not to rock the boat with Washington.

The Florida senator is on his first official visit to Israel, and his vocal recognition of Jerusalem sets the stage for a sharp contrast with Obama, who is to arrive next month for a visit that has been promoted in Israel as “Operation Unbreakable Alliance.” Obama, unlike previous presidents, has constantly terms Jerusalem neighborhoods of tens of thousands of residents “settlements” because they are in areas claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

Sen. Rubio also told the president that the relationship between the United States and Israel is Washington’s most important in the region, if not in the world. He added, “Israel represents all of the values of the United States.” He also said the American government cannot accept a nuclear Iran.

President Peres spoke about the “peace process,” his favorite topic, and also spoke with the senator n poetic language on the Middle East.

“We are an island of democracy in an uncertain and uneasy ocean, which is raging,” he said. “We must defend our island and do whatever is possible to calm the storm.”

On relations with the United States, Peres stated, “There are varied opinions in Israel, but one subject on which we all agree is the love of the United States” towards Israel.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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13 Responses to “Rubio Tells Peres, ‘Of Course’ Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital”

  1. Rubio knows Jerusalem is Israel, but Peres mostly is fixated on giving up the Western Wall, Temple Mount, Mount of Olives, and the City of David for nothing.

  2. Rubio knows Jerusalem is Israel, but Peres mostly is fixated on giving up the Western Wall, Temple Mount, Mount of Olives, and the City of David for nothing.

  3. Bill Bilek says:

    Ah! Obama said the same thing when he visited as a congressman.

  4. Nathan Warszawski says:

    So, Rubio for President!

  5. I like Rubio and have great hopes for him…but he is above all, a politician. Can a politician actually speak truth or is that an "oxymoron".

  6. Robbie Goldstein says:

    Since when do we need the approval of others as to what is Israel's capital? This Ghetto Jew mentality among our "leaders" needs to stop.

  7. Michael G Shatz says:

    Ya know, Peres is such a putz!!! I can't stand him!!!

  8. Laurie Fineberg says:

    We don't but the world believes that they still control the Jews

  9. Edward Lobel says:

    before you join the party of stupid, you need to know what rubio is! He is a liar and a crrok! He takes government benefits for himself but does not want others to have the same benefits! In his financial forms dated in 2010 he said he had student loans of between $100,000 and $250,000! In July 2012 he said he still owed over $100,000 in student loans at the time of the party of stupid convention he said he owed about $165,000! In Feb of 2013 he said he just paid off his student debt! In Feb of 2013 he said he is not rich and still lives in the same middle class neighborhood he grew up in and then said his house is valued at $650,000! How many middle class people and neighborhoods have houses valed at $650,000?
    Not being rich how did he manage to pay off his student debt of somewhere between $100,000 and $250,000 (most probably in the area of $165,000) since last Aug? Where did he get this money!
    The only hispanics who may vote for him are cubans and then they are no a lock as he is not well liked by them anymore! Other latinios dislike him very much!

  10. Edward Lobel says:

    The more you learn about rubio, the more you will dislike him!
    Here is just a small sampling of what you do not know about him:
    you need to know what rubio is! He is a liar and a crrok! He takes government benefits for himself but does not want others to have the same benefits! In his financial forms dated in 2010 he said he had student loans of between $100,000 and $250,000! In July 2012 he said he still owed over $100,000 in student loans at the time of the party of stupid convention he said he owed about $165,000! In Feb of 2013 he said he just paid off his student debt! In Feb of 2013 he said he is not rich and still lives in the same middle class neighborhood he grew up in and then said his house is valued at $650,000! How many middle class people and neighborhoods have houses valed at $650,000?
    Not being rich how did he manage to pay off his student debt of somewhere between $100,000 and $250,000 (most probably in the area of $165,000) since last Aug? Where did he get this money!
    The only hispanics who may vote for him are cubans and then they are no a lock as he is not well liked by them anymore! Other latinios dislike him very much!

  11. Edward Lobel says:

    Michael G Shatz Funny, he said the same thing about you!

  12. Matt McLaughlin says:

    Another Catholic that's an Israel Firster? We just sent Paul Ryan packing.

  13. Yohanon Glenn says:

    I happen to live in Florida, which Rubio represents in the US Senate – none of the other posters made that claim. Rubio could have be the GOP’s VP candidate, but he said he would not abandon his senate seat; he kept his word. On the other hand, Peres, repeatedly proven to be a loser. is (in)famous for telling a new olah (from the States) to “go back where you came from” when she had the nerve to disagree with him. 2014 can’t come fast enough. Given the opportunity, I _will_ vote for Rubio.

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