6 December 2017
As Jews, Jerusalem is central to our people and our history. At the same time, Jerusalem is also crucially important to other religions, and other peoples. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Jerusalem is also a divided city. Attempts to alter its geopolitical status should take place within the context of negotiated agreements, not unilateral declarations. Large portions of the municipality lie beyond the Green Line and therefore outside of Israel’s sovereign territory.
The 37% of Jerusalemites who are Palestinians, who live in a Jerusalem that most Israeli and American politicians will never see, deserve the same level of recognition, and the same independence, as Jews and Israelis. There will be no ‘ultimate deal’ between Israelis and Palestinians without both Israeli and Palestinian capitals in Jerusalem.