“…Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there…” 1 Kings 14:21b

As part of CUFI’s “For Zion’s Sake” campaign ahead of the UK General Election, we have listed 12 principles that we believe the next UK Government should implement, including recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

• The Bible declares Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people
• Historically the Jewish people are the only people to ever have placed Jerusalem as their capital
• The UK must stop its double standard and recognise Israel’s right to determine its own capital

Jerusalem is the city of God and the heartbeat of Israel. Jerusalem is where Abraham placed his son on the altar and became the father of many nations. Jerusalem is where Jeremiah and Isaiah penned principles of righteousness that became the moral foundations of the Judeo-Christian faith. Most importantly to Christians, Jerusalem is where Jesus walked, where he was crucified and where he rose from the dead – and the place where He will return.

The Biblical truth, established 3,000 years ago, is that Jerusalem is and always shall be the eternal capital of the Jewish people. Its past significance, present existence and future purpose in the mind of God is inscribed forever in the Word of God. Failing to recognise this, the UK government is placing itself against the God of the Bible.

Politically, the UK is failing to treat Israel and the Palestinians equally.

The British Embassy to Israel is in Tel Aviv, Israel’s second city, and refuses to honour Israel’s sovereign right to determine its own capital. However, the British Consulate-General to the Palestinians is in fact located in Jerusalem.

This is a shameful double standard which indulges the Palestinian’s alleged claim to Jerusalem whilst actively disregarding Israel’s historic and Biblically mandated right to Jerusalem.

It is time for the UK to end this bias against our cherished ally Israel.

Jerusalem is where Israel has chosen to place its government, the Knesset (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.

By not recognising Israel’s 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 time is right for the United Kingdom to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the UK embassy there.

We call upon the UK Government to officially recognise Jerusalem is Israel's capital and move its embassy to Jerusalem.