Issues

Jerusalem

Jerusalem has been the political, cultural, and spiritual center of Jewish life since the time of King David. The Jewish people have an unbroken connection to Jerusalem dating back over 3,000 years. Even while persecuted and scattered around the world, Jerusalem has always been home to a resilient Jewish community. When Israel gained its modern independence in 1948, it lost Eastern Jerusalem and the Old City to Jordanian occupation for 19 years. During that time, Jewish holy places were desecrated, Jewish inhabitants were kicked out of their homes, and Christians living in the holy city had many of their rights restricted.

But in 1967, Israel won a miraculous victory against five Arab armies who failed in their plan to wipe Israel off the map. As a result, Israel won control of Eastern Jerusalem and reunited the city under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in thousands of years. For decades, the international community has refused to recognize Israel’s legal and historical right to Jerusalem as its capital city, and continues to pressure Israel to divide Jerusalem as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians. CUFI worked with President Trump to aid him in fulfilling his campaign pledge to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize the Holy City as Israel’s capital.  This announcement led several other countries to reconsider their foreign policy and announce plans to also move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Paraguay to open Jerusalem embassy next week

Friday, May 18, 2018

Paraguay’s government said Thursday that President Horacio Cartes will open the country’s new embassy to Israel in Jerusalem next week, following similar steps by the United States and Guatemala. Government spokesman Mariano Mercado said Cartes will leave his country en route to Israel on Saturday. While Mercado said the opening would be on Tuesday, Prime … Read More

Guatamala

Guatemala set to open Jerusalem embassy, days after US

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Guatemala was set to open its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, two days after the US moved its mission to the capital. The 10 a.m. dedication of the Jerusalem embassy will be attended by the Central American country’s president, Jimmy Morales, and foreign minister, Sandra Jovel, as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu … Read More

Pastor John Hagee

New US policy toward Jerusalem will advance peace in the region

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Jerusalem has been the epicenter of the Jewish faith for more than 3,000 years, and the holy city has been the capital of the modern state of Israel for 70 years. By recognizing Jerusalem’s status and moving the U.S. Embassy there, President Trump has acknowledged these simple facts. The new American policy concerning Jerusalem constitutes … Read More

Trump to deliver video address at Jerusalem embassy opening

Friday, May 11, 2018

WASHINGTON —  US President Donald Trump will deliver a video address for the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem next week, a senior administration official told reporters Friday morning. Over the last several weeks, Trump had been toying with flying to Israel for the second time in his presidency to attend the ribbon-cutting … Read More

Paraguay becomes third country to plan embassy move to Jerusalem

Monday, May 7, 2018

Paraguay is set to become the third country, after the US and Guatemala, to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel said Monday. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said Paraguay President Horacio Cartes will travel to Israel later this month to open the country’s new embassy in the capital. Cartes’s trip was scheduled … Read More

U.S. Embassy road signs go up in Jerusalem

Monday, May 7, 2018

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday ahead of next week’s opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital. Trump says he is making good on U.S. legislation and presidential pledges dating back decades. Other world powers have not done … Read More

New US Embassy building in Jerusalem unveiled

Monday, May 7, 2018

While the new American Embassy in Jerusalem is expected to be inaugurated next week, the road to the diplomatic mission actually beginning operations is still a ways off. The current move, then, is mostly symbolic, including a changing of a sign and the move of the ambassador and his secretary, and possibly a visit from … Read More

Embassy Moves

Guatemala starts moving its embassy to Jerusalem

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Guatemala on Wednesday started to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, transferring furniture and other equipment into a yet-unfinished office in the capital’s Malha Technology Park. Earlier this week, the Guatemalan flag was raised outside the building. “I was moved to see the flag of Guatemala waving in Jerusalem in advance of the … Read More

Trump

Trump says he ‘may go’ to next month’s Jerusalem embassy opening

Saturday, April 28, 2018

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump said Friday he would possibly travel to Israel next month for the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. Standing next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a White House press conference, Trump responded to a question from the Christian Broadcasting Network over who would attend the ribbon-cutting … Read More

Czech president announces 3-stage plan to move embassy to Jerusalem – eventually

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The president of the Czech Republic on Wednesday announced the beginning of a process that will move the country’s diplomatic missions from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though it remains unclear if and when Prague will actually open an embassy in the holy city. President Miloš Zeman announced the three-staged move, which starts next month with … Read More