Foreign & Commonwealth Office The UK Position on Jerusalem Back to Full Graphics
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The UK position on Jerusalem - A key issue in the Palestinian track, and a key concern to the whole Islamic world

Jerusalem was supposed to be a ‘corpus separatum’, or international city administered by the UN.  But this was never set up:  immediately after the UNGA resolution partitioning Palestine, Israel occupied West Jerusalem and Jordan occupied East Jerusalem (including the Old City).  We recognised the de facto control of Israel and Jordan, but not sovereignty.  In 1967, Israel occupied E Jerusalem, which we continue to consider is under illegal military occupation by Israel. Our Embassy to Israel is in Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem. In E Jerusalem we have a Consulate-General, with a Consul-General who is not accredited to any state:  this is an expression of our view that no state has sovereignty over Jerusalem.