For the second time in less than two weeks and fourth time since June
UK Media Watch has prompted a correction at Times of London
over the erroneous suggestion that Tel Aviv is Israels capital. You can see the passage in question, in a Times of London article
("Settlement building must stop, May to tell Israeli prime minister, "Feb. 6th) co-authored by Catherine Philp and Lucy Fisher, in the following tweet
We then followed up the tweet with an email to Times of London editors. Within a couple of hours, the passage was revised and the word Tel Aviv was replaced with Israel.
Such mistakes are especially curious since Tel Aviv has never in fact been Israels capital.
Though most countries dont recognize Jerusalem as the capital (for diplomatic reasons pertaining the peace process), Israel declared
Jerusalem its capital in 1949 (only "West" Jerusalem until 1967) and the Knesset, Supreme Court, Prime Ministers Office, Bank of Israel and most government ministries are located in the city.
So, it would seem intuitive for journalists and editors whatever their views regarding the political issues at play to use the word Jerusalem to convey this simple fact to readers.