Thousands of young Jewish boys wave Israeli flags as they celebrate Jerusalem Day. (Nati Shohat/Flash90) (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Jerusalem Day


More than three dozen legislators representing 19 countries joined together to officially congratulate Israel on the occasion of Jerusalem Day, which commemorates the liberation and reunification of the city during the 1967 Six-Day War.

A letter from the legislators, which was sent to Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein, celebrated the “49th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel” and acknowledged the “three thousand years of the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem.” The American signers included Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), as well as the co-chairmen of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus, Reps. Trent Franks (R – Ariz.), Brad Sherman (D – Calif.), and Doug Lamborn (R – Colo.).

Other signatories were legislators from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Brazil, and Argentina, among other countries.

Jerusalem Day serves as a reminder that only under Israeli rule have “the rights of all ethnic and religious groups to enjoy the city’s religious and cultural sites been preserved,” the letter acknowledged.