The city of Tel Aviv is the financial and diplomatic centre of Israel and not the capital – that’s what British national newspaper the Guardian has told its journalists. The paper’s style guide had previously advised staff to call Tel Aviv the country’s capital city.
But although the Guardian has acknowledged its mistake, it does not accept that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, citing a United Nations Security Council resolution which rejected the Israeli parliament’s decision in 1980.
The Guardian is not the only major British media outlet to take this line. The BBC also refuses to consider Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In the broadcaster’s Olympic coverage Jerusalem is designated as Israel’s ‘seat of government’ with the caveat, “most foreign embassies are in Tel Aviv.”
Israeli officials say the wording is more evidence of the BBC’s blatant anti-Israel bias.