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.

Brazil opens Israel trade mission in Jerusalem

Monday, April 1, 2019

Brazil opened a new trade mission to Israel in Jerusalem on Sunday, edging back from earlier signals it would follow the United States with a full embassy move to the contested city. The announcement came during a visit by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, an outspoken admirer of President Donald Trump, who broke global consensus by … Read More

Border cop lightly injured in attempted car-ramming at checkpoint near Jerusalem

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A Border Police officer was lightly injured in an attempted car-ramming attack Thursday afternoon at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem, authorities said Thursday. Police said the driver came from the direction of Jerusalem and managed to flee the scene after hitting the border cop. The Magen David Adom emergency service said the victim, in his … Read More

Romania says it will move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Monday, March 25, 2019

Romania’s prime minister announced Sunday during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference that the nation will move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. The Romanian government has finished “evaluating the opportunity” to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă said in a speech. Leadership within Romania’s ruling Social Democratic … Read More

Hungary to open office with ‘diplomatic status’ in Jerusalem

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hungary will open a trade office in Jerusalem that will have official “diplomatic status,” the country’s prime minister announced Tuesday during a short visit to Israel. “I just informed the prime minister that the Hungarian government decided that we will open up a trade representation here, which will have a diplomatic status, so we will … Read More

Czech leaders endorse Israeli embassy move to Jerusalem

Czech leaders endorse Israeli embassy move to Jerusalem

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Czech leaders on Wednesday endorsed moving the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following a similar move by the US administration earlier this year. In a joint statement, the Czech president, prime minister, parliament speaker and the foreign and defense ministers said the opening of a “Czech House” there in November would … Read More

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

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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