Jerusalem

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It is Israel’s largest city and a dynamic and multicultural metropolis, which has served as the Jewish people’s historic and spiritual capital for 3,000 years. Jews, Christians and Muslims are able to safely pray and live in the city. 

Talking Points

  1. Jerusalem is the historic capital of the Jewish people.
    Since King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel some 3,000 years ago, the city has served as the historic and spiritual capital of the Jewish people. Judaism's most holy site, the ancient Temple
     in Jerusalem, serves as the central focus of Jewish veneration and prayer; the Western Wall (Kotel) is the last remaining vestige. There are more than 850 references to Jerusalem in the Hebrew Bible and innumerable references to the city throughout more than 2,000 years of post-biblical literature.  

  2. Israel reunified Jerusalem in 1967 and granted all religions access to holy sites.
    In 1948, following Israel’s declaration of independence, Arab armies invaded Israel to destroy the reborn state. While Israel emerged from the war victorious, the Jordanian Army did manage to hold the eastern portion of Jerusalem, including the Old City—forbidding Jews from accessing their holy sites for the first time in over a millennium. During the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel captured Jerusalem and the city was reunited. The Jewish state immediately abolished restrictions on access to the city, allowing people from all faiths to worship at their holy places.

  3. Jerusalem is Israel's capital. 
    Shortly after the country was founded, Israel’s parliament (Knesset) officially proclaimed Jerusalem as the permanent capital of Israel—a position reiterated by every Israeli government since. On Dec. 6, 2017, the United States officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Congress had previously done so in various resolutions and laws. The bipartisan
    Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 states in law that as a matter of U.S. policy, our embassy should be located in Jerusalem.