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.

Jerusalem skyline lights up in memory of 9/11

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A new art installation lit up Jerusalem’s skies Tuesday evening in a ceremony marking 18 years since the devastating attacks in the U.S. on September 11, 2001. The ceremony held at the KKL-JNF 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza in Jerusalem Park presented an art installation called a “Tribute in Light.” The installation comprises two 300-meter tall … Read More

JERUSALEM TO REMEMBER 9/11 TWIN TOWERS ATTACK

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Israel will hold a ceremony to commemorate the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks on Tuesday afternoon at the Jerusalem Park. As a tribute to the Tribute in Lights representing the Twin Towers, Jerusalem’s skies will be lighten up – reaching up to 300 meters. The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights six … Read More

Honduras recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Thursday, August 29, 2019

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez will travel to Israel on Friday to inaugurate a “diplomatic office” in Jerusalem, recognizing the holy city as Israel’s capital. The diplomatic office in the city will be an extension of Honduras’s Tel Aviv-based embassy. “For me it’s the recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” … Read More

ISRAEL: REPUBLIC OF NAURU RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Republic of Nauru has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israel Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday. “I commend @Republic_Nauru’s important decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We will continue to strengthen Jerusalem and to bring about the recognition and opening of diplomatic missions and embassies in our capital,” Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz … Read More

HONDURAS PRESIDENT TO OPEN TRADE OFFICE IN JERUSALEM NEXT WEEK

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Honduras is slated to open a trade office in Jerusalem next week as a preliminary step toward relocating its embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and his wife are due to arrive in Israel Saturday to inaugurate the office, which will have Honduran diplomatic status, the Foreign … Read More

Jerusalem Light Festival

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Over the years, the Jerusalem Light Festival has become known as one of the most impressive and enjoyable events that take place in the capital every summer. Every night during the festival, amazing modern light art installations illuminate the walls and sites inside and around the Old City. The festival, which has already begun and … Read More

Moldova’s Filip government announces transfer of Embassy to Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Moldovan Filip Government approved the transfer of the Moldovan embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Tuesday. Moreover, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted a decision that approves the agreement on the sale of the land for the construction of the headquarters of the US Embassy in Moldova. The Filip Government also adopted … Read More

With Jerusalem embassy in place, Trump administration ends waiver

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Trump administration ended the practice in effect for more than two decades of waiving a law requiring the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday that the waiver no longer was necessary. President Donald Trump moved the embassy to Jerusalem last year on May … Read More

Official: Israel to grant Gaza Christians permits to visit Jerusalem for Easter

Friday, April 19, 2019

Israel has decided to approve hundreds of permits for Palestinian Christians living in the Gaza Strip to visit East Jerusalem and the West Bank for Easter, an Israeli official said on Friday, two days before the holiday. “Following the recommendations of the security establishment, during this coming Easter, hundreds of Christians from the Gaza Strip will … Read More

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