White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Tuesday said that US Republican
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's unqualified comments about
Jerusalem as solely Israel's capital was causing many to "scratch their
Earnest further said that Romney would need to explain himself to the general public.Pressed
further in the briefing, Earnest added that , "Well, our view is that
that’s a different position than this administration holds. It’s the
view of this administration that the capital is something that should be
determined in final status negotiations between the parties."
Earnest did not leave the point only at the idea of the parties
themselves determining their borders consensually. Rather, he added
that, "I’d remind you that that’s the position that’s been held by
previous administrations, both Democratic and Republican. So if Mr.
Romney disagrees with that position, he’s also disagreeing with the
position that was taken by Presidents like Bill Clinton and Ronald
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