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.

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

Amb Friedman

US envoy says Jerusalem under Israel is ‘model for coexistence in the world’

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty is a “model for coexistence” among the three major monotheistic religions, the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Monday. At a panel discussion in the capital, the envoy also said intelligence cooperation between the two countries has saved American lives. At the same time, he expressed concern over young Americans’ … Read More

Embassy Jerusalem

Foreign Affairs Ministry gears up for US Embassy move

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Foreign Affairs Ministry held a multi-person panel Sunday on the requisite preparations for the impending opening of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem, slated to be inaugurated May 14. While the administration of US President Donald Trump has yet to release any official word on the identities of the dignitaries expected to arrive from Washington … Read More

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.