White House slams Romneys statement on Jerusalem

A White House spokesman noted that Mitt Romney’s calling Jerusalem the “capital of Israel” contradicts U.S. policy over several successive administrations.

The spokesman, Josh Earnest, said Romney might want to explain his comments publicly, according to the Jerusalem Post.

“It’s the view of this administration that the capital is something that should be determined in final status negotiations between the parties,” Earnest said in a news briefing July 31, according to the Post.

Palestinian groups also harshly criticized Romney for the remark, made in a policy speech given in Jerusalem July 29.  — jta