A television quiz show in Argentina was forced to take an unscheduled break from its live broadcast Thursday while it ruled on which city is Israel’s capital.
Playing in the final round to win a car in the show “La Tribuna de Guido,” two contestants were asked, “Which country has Tel Aviv as its capital?”
One contestant, Rocío, didn’t know the answer, suggesting it was perhaps Iran. The other contestant, Lucas, wrote down “Israel” as his answer, but questioned whether it was in fact correct, given that there has been much discussion about whether Jerusalem is in fact the capital of Israel.
The host was forced to take an unscheduled break while staff considered the issue. Eventually it was decided to invalidate the question.
The show’s judges said they needed to “continue checking” since “different sources confirm both” cities as Israel’s capital.
Rocio went on to win the car with the next question.
Eventually the host said that the correct answer to the Tel Aviv question should have been “none,” as Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
The Spanish-language clip was uploaded to YouTube:
Argentina was one of 35 countries that abstained in December’s United Nations vote condemning the US President Donald Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and calling on countries not to move their diplomatic missions to the city.
Trump bucked decades of US foreign policy with his recognition earlier that month of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and setting in motion of plans to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. In February the US administration announced that it would open its Jerusalem embassy in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence.
Last week, Guatemala announced that, like the US, it would be moving its embassy to Jerusalem in May.
On Thursday, the president of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, was quoted by local media as saying that moving his country’s embassy to Jerusalem is a top priority and that he wanted to speed up the process. However, the Czech foreign minister was said to object to the move.
On Sunday Army Radio, quoting a “senior Israeli diplomatic source,” reported that Paraguay and Honduras are both ready “in principle” to take the step, provided that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu first makes an official visit to their country.
Buenos Aires has not yet officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or discussed moving its embassy from its current site in Herzliya Pituach, 15 kilometers (9 miles) north of Tel Aviv.