Jerusalem is the capital of Israel

I’ve noticed something interesting in the AFR over the past few days (emphasis added):

Today: “Foreign Minister Bob Carr has had Israel’s ambassador to Australia Yuval Rotem called in to protest against Tel Aviv’s decision to expand housing settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.”

On November 27: “In a move likely to anger Israel, Australia will split with Tel Aviv and the US by not opposing the resolution, to be presented as early as Thursday in New York, which seeks to upgrade Palestine’s status in the General Assembly to a non-member observer state like the Vatican.”

Referring to a capital city when talking about the government of a country seems to have gone out of fashion – why not refer to the Netanyahu government? But there it is. Twice in just over a week by the same journalist. So is this a personal choice by the journalist or has the AFR chosen sides?

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