Timing is everything. Just around the time the Israeli media was reporting on US President Barack Obama’s remarks to Jeffrey Goldberg in an interview published in The Atlantic on May 21, former US senator Joe Lieberman was delivering the annual Guardian of Zion lecture at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel.
Lieberman was the 19th recipient of Bar-Ilan University’s Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies’ Guardian of Zion Award. Less than halfway through his address, Lieberman said he wanted to appeal to Obama to direct that construction begin on a new American Embassy in Jerusalem.
“That would end the unjust anomaly of the US not locating our embassy in the city,” he said, noting that in every other country in the world, the host country designates its capital.