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.

Israel fumes over ‘sad, pathetic’ UNESCO decision on Jerusalem

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Israeli officials angrily rejected a resolution by a UN body condemning its activity in East Jerusalem and the Old City, with the Foreign Ministry saying the move was irrelevant. Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! After the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization’s … Read More

Jerusalem Attempting to Thwart Latest Anti-Israel Motion at UNESCO

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Israeli government is advancing an effort to thwart the latest anti-Israel initiative at the United Nations cultural body UNESCO. The new motion would deny Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem and label Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs, a Jewish holy site, as an endangered world heritage site in the “State of Palestine.” Arab states initiated the … Read More

Netanyahu slams PA after Jerusalem attack: ‘No limit to lies, brazenness’

Monday, June 19, 2017

The international community must demand that the Palestinian Authority end payments to the families of terrorists, “something that only encourages terrorism,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. Netanyahu’s comments came in the wake of two simultaneous terrorists attack at the Damascus Gate on Friday night that killed … Read More

Palestinians to claim Cave of the Patriarchs as World Heritage Site

Friday, June 16, 2017

There are 1,052 UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites in the world, nine of them Israeli, two of them Palestinian. The registration process and declaration of each site usually takes a number of years, but the PA want to take advantage of a clause in the regulations that allows to fast-track this procedure by claiming the sites … Read More