White House and State Department Demand That Israel Delete "Next Year In Jerusalem" From Passover Seders
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced today that President Obama was deeply distressed to learn that millions of Israelis were planning to conclude their Passover Seders this evening with the words "B'shonah Ha-Ba'ah B'Yerushalayim," Hebrew for "Next Year in Jerusalem." "This is precisely the sort of provocative behavior that endangers the peace process," Gibbs stated. The U.S. State Department also issued a press release, stating that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was gravely concerned about the concluding line in the Passover Hagaddot, the text designated for use at the Israeli Seders, because it conflicts with stated U.S. policy regarding the future status of Jerusalem, and could potentially embarrass Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and prejudice future peace negotiations. She also urged Israel to delete "Next Year in Jerusalem" from the Passover observance.
Yes, reader, that is a hoax, but, as pointed out by Avi Davis at The Western Word, like every effective hoax, it has an element of truth. Read his entire column, entitled "Next Year In Occupied East Jerusalem," here.