ISRAEL: Farewell to Jerusalem

The diplomatic corps packs up to move to Tel Aviv

Ever since Israel was founded in 1948, one of the eccentricities of diplomatic life in the country has been the existence of two separate embassy communities. By far the larger one, in Tel Aviv, did not recognize Jerusalem as Israel's official capital and accepted the inconvenience of a 45-mile drive from the coast to the Judean Hills every time a diplomat wished to do business with Israel's Prime Minister or other key officials. By contrast, a smaller group of foreign ambassadors, consisting of...

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