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Why is Israel so determined to have Jerusalem as its capital. What's wrong with Tel Aviv? Israel is a small country, it can be governed from anywhere in Israel.

That is hardly the point, is it.
Jerusalem is of vast emotional, symbolic and historical significance to the Jewish people. For many long centuries, Jews living in the Diaspora would tell each other “Next year in Jerusalem!” on two occasions during the Jewish liturgical year: at the conclusion of the Passover Seder and at the conclusion of the Ne'ilah service of Yom Kippur. It was a dream, and a very, very potent symbol to the Jewish people. The name Zion is ancient. It is the hill of Jerusalem on which the city of King David was built, i.e., Mount Zion or Sion \ˈsī-ən, ˈzī-\ or Mount Sion hill in western Jerusalem, Israel.
The word Zion occurs over 150 times in the Bible. It essentially means “fortification” and has the idea of being “raised up” as a “monument.” Zion is described both as the city of David and the city of God. As the Bible progresses, the word Zionexpands in scope and takes on an additional, spiritual meaning.
The first mention of Zion in the Bible is 2 Samuel 5:7: “David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.” Zion was originally an ancient Jebusite fortress in the city of Jerusalem. After David’s conquest of the fortress, Jerusalem became a possession of Israel. The royal palace was built there, and Zion/Jerusalem became the seat of power in Israel’s kingdom.
When Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, the meaning of Zion expanded further to include the temple area. This is the meaning found in the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:6, “Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.” In the Hebrew Bible, Zion is used as a name for the city of Jerusalem (Isaiah 40:9), the land of Judah (Jeremiah 31:12), and the nation of Israel as a whole (Zechariah 9:13).
I concur with all the answers who mention the fact that Israel is a sovereign state and therefore has the legal right to choose whatever city they want within their borders as their capital. However, I think my answer is also highly relevant as it addresses the symbolic, emotional and historical importance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people.
Elke Weiss
Israeli-American
10w ago
You can ask the same question of both sides.
Why is either side so determined to have Jerusalem as a capital. Both are small countries, they can be governed from anywhere.
Now, as you can see by the other answers, Jews kinda hold Jerusalem as being their right hand. (See Pslams)
So if they have to give it up as a capital, seems only fair so should Palestinians.
Israel gets Tel Aviv, Palestinians get Ramallah.
Otherwise, I think Israel has no moral obligation to do so.
And unfortunately, Corey Gil-Shuster’s brilliant video broke my heart as usual.
It’s not an issue of Jerusalem. It’s an issue of Israel’s entire existence.
Beau Sackett
20w ago
Thankfully, others (Stanley LuntzLinda RiceMax AustinTerry Poe, for example) have already answered this in the way I was going to when I first saw the question. So I won’t do it with a one-liner, because their answers inspired me to think a little harder about the matter. Instead, let me just add a slight twist to those excellent answers:
“Why can’t the capital of the USA be New York City instead of Washington DC?” After all, NYC is where all the money is, and some would argue that all the real decision-making goes on there, with WDC just being on the end of Gotham’s puppet strings.
The same analogy holds between Tel Aviv (money, stock exchange) and Jerusalem (national capital) in Israel.
Mirel Bodner Abeles
lives in Jerusalem
21w ago
Israel is a sovereign country with the same rights as any and all other sovereign countries to determine their capital. Jewish history has been tied to Jerusalem over the millennia. Jerusalem is mentioned numerous times in the Bible and the liturgy. People pray facing Jerusalem, Jerusalem appears frequently in the Jewish prayers that have been in use for centuries. The verses from psalm 137 (If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill. 6May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.…) has been part of the Jewish marriage ceremony for centuries. The hope for the return to Jerusalem has been expressed as part of the holy Yom Kippur prayers and the Passover seder, again, for centuries.
So what was the question again? Ahh, yes. Why are we determined to have the ancient city of Jerusalem, capital of Israel since the times of King David as our capital? Why not settle for the modern city of Tel Aviv established in 1909? Hmmm. A connection of thousands of year vs a connection of 108 years. A city that has been central to Jewish thought, hopes and aspirations vs a city that’s a footnote in a history of thousands of years. A city that unites Jews throughout time and place vs a city that…doesn’t. So, Jerusalem was the natural choice for Israel’s capital. People tend to forget that we returned home, and in our home, Jerusalem has always been our capital, and will continue to be so. Regardless of what other people would prefer.
Jacob Erickson
lived in Israel (2007-2017)
20w ago
Because that is where the capital is. It was never anywhere else. The seat of the Israeli government is there, for it to be anywhere else, it would need to be moved. The city was only divided for a period of 18 years. During that time, no other capital was established there. Only in 1988 did the Palestinians first claim a capital there, not that they had any justification to do so. They didn't even have a presence to do so, they just claimed it in the same way I am claiming right now a bachelor pad in the tower of London.
The real question is why do the Palestinians need a capital there when one doesn't exist there now and never did previously.
Jerusalem, and really just the temple mount may be an important landmark for Islam, but that doesn't mean a sovereign capital needs to be given to the Palestinians for Muslims to worship there. Israel has freedom of religion. So Israeli sovereignty doesn't restrict anyone unless they mean others harm.
The Palestinians do not have freedom of religion, so sovereign land in Jerusalem would mean restrictions for other religions.
And that there is the most obvious reason for wanting a Jerusalem capital. Not for a center of government, but to have the power to restrict access to specific areas that they do not wish others to be.
Benjamin Elon
Centrist
21w ago
It's not that they are determined to have Jerusalem as the capitol for nefarious reasons. It really should be the capitol. It comes down to how capitol cities are chosen.
Capitol cities virtually always chosen according to these characteristics:
1: Centrally located.
2: Historical significance.
3: Importance to the populace.
Jerusalem is by far the best choice by all three criteria. Economics centers tend to change in relatively short time frames, making it not the best measure for choosing a city. Tel-aviv was barely a thing at the founding of the country.
It doesn't make sense to choose another city for the sole reason that it would make some people angry. Being angry doesn't change history, geography, or concesus.
Dan Powers
Have travelled and studied extensively
21w ago
Jerusalem is the cultural capital of the tribe of Judah, and before the Northern tribes split from them it was the capital of all Israel. While the Temple still remained before the Roman destruction it was also the center of their religious practice. It remained their cultural capital throughout the Greek occupation in the aftermath of Alexander's Empire, and through the Roman occupation. It remained so even after several occasions when the Judean people were expelled and sent off into slavery after multiple revolts. As recently as a 1922 census there were more Jews living in East Jerusalem than any other group. When the nation was founded again in 1948 it was chosen as their capital. When the Jordanians expelled or killed much of the Jewish population and destroyed many synagogues and Jewish cemeteries after the 1948 war divided the city, most of their property was appropriated by others. When the nation was founded in 1948 it was chosen as their capital. Since the 1967 war, Jews have once again moved back into East Jerusalem, the so-called 'settlements' which are such a huge point of contention. All nations choose their own capital, Israel is no different.
Daniel Schwartz
I lived in Israel for fourteen years (but still get lost in Jerusalem sometimes)
21w ago
It comes down to choice. Can Israel choose its own capital — as every other country on Earth does — or will foreigners make such decisions for her?
The answer, of course, is that Israel is a sovereign nation, and has the freedom to choose this, and many other things. It doesn't matter if other people think Tel Aviv would be a better choice. It's not their choice; it's Israel's choice.
By similar logic — if you're an adult, why shouldn't random strangers tell you to put down the sweet pastry and eat broccoli instead? Why shouldn't they tell you to sell your car and get a more sensible one instead? Because, if you're an adult, these are your decisions and your choices, not theirs.
Israel's capital has been Jerusalem since 1948, and Israelis have never made any secret of it. And many Israelis can quote the Talmud to you — that when the world was created, Beauty was divided into ten parts, nine of which went to Jerusalem.
Yes, they feel that strongly about their capital. They're not going to change it, regardless of what anybody else says.

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