Since the time of Kind David, except for the 19 years between 1948 and 1967, there has always been a Jewish presence in the ancient city of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. From 1948 to 1967, the western part of the city was in Israeli hands, while the ancient, eastern part-apart from a small Israeli enclave on Mount Scopus-was under Jordanian control.
Jerusalem was divided during the War of Independence and nineteen years later was reunited as a result of the 6 Day War. On June 27, 1967, the government presented the Knesset with three law proposals. These proposals determined the effective unification of Jerusalem and sanctioned the application of Israeli law in the entire area of the unified city. At the same time, a law was adopted that enabled free access to the holy places by the members of every religion.
On May 12, 1968, the government decided to make the 28th of Iyar the symbolic holiday, Jerusalem Day, a day that symbolized the continued historical connection of the Jewish People to Jerusalem. On March 23, 1998, the Knesset passed the second and third readings of the "Jerusalem Day Law", which determined that the date that Jerusalem was liberated during the 6 Day War was now a national holiday.
After the 6 Day War, the city and its surroundings underwent an intensive and unprecedented process of restoration and development. Institutions were built, entire new neighborhoods were established and an extensive system of roads and transportation infrastructure was constructed.
Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, has become a large and expansive city. It stands as an inspiration not only to residents of Israel and the Jewish People, but also to the entire world.
Jerusalem attracts tourists from around the world who come to see her beauty, to imbibe of her past and visit the holy sites, which serve as places of prayer and a connecting point for members of all three major religions.