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.