In 1979, during his nine-month tenure as prime minister of Canada, Joe Clark was criticized for his perceived inexperience, such as his handling of his campaign commitment to move Canada’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Thirty-three years later, in his speech on Sunday, Mitt Romney unequivocally called Jerusalem Israel’s capital, which is in line with what the Israeli government has long claimed. But the United States, along with other countries, has its embassy in Tel Aviv. Romney strongly suggested the embassy should move to Jerusalem during an interview with CNN.
“A nation has the capacity to choose its own capital city, and Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Romney told CNN.
For reasons connected with the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, only Israel considers Jerusalem the capital. No nation has its embassy there.