Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is calling upon the UK Government to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
CUFI-UK Britain claims to treat both sides equally in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, however there is a shocking bias against Israel when it comes to Jerusalem. You see, the UK representative to Israel is in Tel Aviv, Israel’s second city. However, the UK representative to the Palestinians is in Jerusalem.
That’s right, the UK government is indulging the Palestinian’s claim to Jerusalem whilst actively disregarding Israel’s right to Jerusalem.
We acknowledge that in the current climate, seeing the move become a reality would require a major shift in the UK’s Foreign Policy. But at CUFI, we firmly believe that it is vital to stand by what we believe is right, which often means going against the tide.
The reality is that Jerusalem is already the capital of Israel. It has been the capital for the Jewish people for over 3,000 years and for the State of Israel for nearly 70 years.
In 1917 Britain lead the way and recognised the need for the Jewish people to have a national home of their own in the land of Israel. Just over one hundred years later, Britain must recognize the reality of Jerusalem as the capital of that nation.
The reality is that Jerusalem is already the capital of Israel. It has been the capital for the Jewish people for over 3,000 years and for the State of Israel for nearly 70 years. It is where Israel has chosen to place its government and parliament and where British government ministers gather on official visits. And, as Israel’s capital, it is the only capital city in the Middle East where all peoples can live with full religious freedom under Israeli law. This will not change.
As of now, the UK representative to Israel is in Tel Aviv. However, the UK representative to the Palestinians is in Jerusalem.
The UK government recognizes the legitimacy of the State of Israel yet denies Israel the right of self-determining its capital. No other sovereign nation would accept being told where to locate its own capital. Furthermore, by not recognizing that Israel has the right to determine its capital, Britain is complicit with those that seek to delegitimise the existence of the Jewish State and deny the Jewish connection to Jerusalem.
The need to affirm Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is even more necessary when the UK’s Opposition Party holds a polar opposite view. For example, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry in May stated that “Jerusalem should be an international capital of the entire world”, but that the Palestinians should have “part of Jerusalem for their state”. She said Israel has “Tel Aviv as its capital” and believes Trump’s decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem was “wrong”.
This is just the “tip of the ice-berg” in what would be a disastrous turn in UK-Israel relations if Labour under its current leadership came to power. CUFI is party-politically neutral, but we will not compromise when it comes to defending Israel. The voice of opinion against dividing Jerusalem must be heard with urgency.