Next year marks 75 years since the re-establishment of the State of Israel. What better way to mark this important milestone, than the United Kingdom reversing decades of misguided foreign policy by moving the UK embassy to Jerusalem. Since CUFI started in the UK, we’ve believed it is imperative for the UK to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the British embassy from Tel Aviv. Thousands of CUFI supporters have written to various Foreign Secretaries and a separate CUFI petition which calls for British recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has achieved over 50,000 signatures. We received strong opposition to our calls, whilst other voices dismissed our efforts as a waste of time. Despite this, we’ve continued to stand firm on the basis that Jerusalem is the eternal, undivided capital of Israel and believing it is the right thing for Britain to recognise this historic fact. The reasons for not moving the embassy have been based on weak foreign policy, discrimination and hypocrisy, with Britain locating embassies in other country’s capitals, except Israel’s, whilst having a consulate in Jerusalem only for Palestinians and not Israelis. Whilst we understand the hurdles to overcome, we’ve attempted to persuade government to take our appeals seriously, give the government confidence that a move is viable, and evoke courage that it is right and just.
Now, Britain is at the dawn of a new era. We have a new Prime Minister in Number 10 whose recent comments have suddenly brought the UK’s recognition of Jerusalem into national conversation. During her leadership campaign, Liz Truss pledged to review moving the British embassy to Jerusalem. Her comments unsettled some, with a group of diplomats co-signing a letter against it. But our prayer is that Liz Truss will ignore these scaremongers and keep her word to seriously review Britain’s policy towards Jerusalem. We have an opportunity like never before to present our case and encourage Liz Truss to demonstrate her true friendship towards Israel and make history by doing something no predecessor has done before – move the embassy to Jerusalem!
Could 2023 be the year Britain puts right an historic wrong? Please join us by adding your name to CUFI’s newly launched ‘UK pledge to Jerusalem’ petition. CUFI is calling upon the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, to make history by moving the UK embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If you agree with this, please fill in the form on this page with your details.
As we approach uncertain times in this nation, let us stand firm and pray that the UK will have boldness, assured that Britain will enter renewed blessing by honouring Israel with the recognition of its capital. Now is the time.
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