On Thursday, July 26, 2012, at a press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney evaded a question regarding which city the U.S. considers to be the capital of Israel.
Carney refused to disclose whether the U.S. officially acknowledges Jerusalem or Tel Aviv to be the capital of Israel.
Persistently questioned for about a minute, an uncomfortable Carney only responded that, “I have not had that question in a while. Our position hasn’t changed.”
A capital city is the area of a country, province, region, or state considered to enjoy primary status: a capital is typically a city that physically encompasses the offices and meeting places of the seat of government (“the building, complex of buildings or city from which a government exercises its authority”) and is usually fixed by law or by the constitution of that country.
A diplomatic mission is a group of people from one state or an international inter-governmental organization (such as the United Nations) present in another state to represent the sending state/organization in the receiving state. In practice, a diplomatic mission usually denotes the permanent mission, namely the office of a country’s diplomatic representatives in the capital city of another country.