Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division – Interim Report

  • Jerusalem is a crucially important place to engaged Jews worldwide, and a primary point of connection between Diaspora Jews and Israel.
  • Many non-Israeli Jews feel “at home” in Jerusalem
  • Non-Israeli Jews feel their views should be taken into consideration as the political and cultural future of Jerusalem is shaped.
  • A clear majority of engaged Jews the world over believe that “all countries ought to move their embassies to Jerusalem.
  • A small majority of engaged Jews the world over agree that Jerusalem “should never be divided.” A significant majority wants it to be a city “with a clear Jewish majority,” and that “the Temple Mount must remain under Israeli jurisdiction.”
  • However, in a seemingly contradictory statement, a small majority also argues that “Israel should be willing to compromise on the status of Jerusalem as a united city under Israeli jurisdiction.”
  • Many Jews around the world and in Israel feel that Jerusalem is not moving “in the right direction.” Mainly due to concerns about Jewish-Arab relations and religious pluralism.