Israel has waged a bitter campaign for 60 years to get Jerusalem recognised internationally as its capital city. Not one single country maintains an embassy there – not even the United States – pending final status negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
The UN, the US, the EU and almost every country in the world considers East Jerusalem to be Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. Apple, however, thinks differently, and considers the whole of Jerusalem to be in Israel.
A few months ago it was all so different. Apple accepted international opinion, and in the weather app on the iPhone, gave two options: West Jerusalem, Israel, or East Jerusalem, West Bank. Matthew Teller wrote about a campaign by some Israeli bloggers to get that changed. The Israeli ambassador to Washington even wrote a letter of protest (he must be a busy man). Lo and behold, the Israeli bulldozing campaign won. The whole of Jerusalem is now Israel, and there is no longer an East Jerusalem option.