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.

Prime Minister Netanyahu

Israeli PM Netanyahu: At Least Six States Considering Moving Embassies to Jerusalem

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that “at least half a dozen” countries were considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem following the US decision to do so. US President Donald Trump announced in December that America recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The US Embassy is due to relocate to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv on … Read More

Easster in Jerusalem

Pilgrims flock to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Christians marked Easter Sunday with a mass led by the acting Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa, at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Hundreds of pilgrims came to the church in the Old City, for a mass to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many Christians believe Jesus’s body was buried at what became … Read More

Moshe Kahlon

Finance minister signs waiver fast-tracking transfer of US embassy

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on Wednesday signed an official exemption from planning rules to allow US State Department officials to build new security infrastructure at the site of the new US embassy in Jerusalem and skip over the time-consuming process of applying for rezoning and construction permits. In a video clip posted on Twitter, Kahlon … Read More

Guatemala president tells AIPAC he’ll move embassy to Jerusalem in May

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

WASHINGTON — Guatemala’s president told the AIPAC Policy Conference on Sunday night that he will move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem in May, and that the relocation will take place two days after the United States moves its embassy to the holy city, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding. “In May of this … Read More

UN Ambassador Haley: ‘Jerusalem will always be capital of Israel’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The assembled Washington crowd responded with raucous applause. “This was not something that was created by the location of embassy,” she continued “This is not something that was created by an American decision. America did not make Jerusalem Israel’s capital. “What President Trump did, to his great credit, was recognize a reality that American presidents … Read More

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barka

Jerusalem Mayor: US Embassy Move ‘Is Right Thing to Do’

Friday, March 2, 2018

The opening a US Embassy in Jerusalem is “probably going to be happening sooner rather than later,” the city’s mayor said on Friday. Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, Mayor Nir Barkat downplayed Arab backlash to the move, saying it “is the right thing to do, so we’re not concerned about it.” “We’ve learned that … Read More

Jerusalem’s history as Israel’s eternal capital

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Please watch and share this inspiring short video about Jerusalem’s history as Israel’s eternal capital. We are thankful our President put America on the right side of history by officially recognizing this 3,000 year old fact. Help us support the undeniable connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem by sharing this video.  

What Life Was Like For Christians And Jews When Arabs Ruled Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Following President Donald Trump’s declaration that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Saeb Erekat quickly shot back and demanded “equal rights for everyone living in historic Palestine.” Protests over Trump’s move have sparked riots in Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and even violent protests in Europe, from Germany to Sweden. But … Read More

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, starts embassy move

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — Defying dire, worldwide warnings, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of US and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Despite urgent appeals from Arab and European leaders and the risk of anti-American protests and violence, Trump declared that he was ending an approach that for decades has failed … Read More

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as capital, plan embassy move, White House confirms

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump will announce in a speech on Wednesday that he is formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while asking the State Department to formulate a plan for moving the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, White House officials confirmed Tuesday evening. The recognition of Jerusalem, widely expected to anger the … Read More