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Ben-Gurion's Proclamation of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel (1949)

Location
Tel Aviv, Israel
Date
1949-12-05 to 1949-12-13
People
David Ben-Gurion, Israel: Speaker
Two proclamations made by Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion on 5 and 13 December 1949, following the Government of Israel's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In the first proclamation, Ben-Gurion invoked the city's long Jewish history, rejecting Jerusalem-related provisions in Resolution 181 and vowing not to surrender its position as "Israel's eternal capital", while promising to preserve the city's holy sites under international supervision. The second proclamation rejected UNGA Resolution 303, placing Jerusalem under UN administration, and urged the Knesset to relocate from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as soon as possible, which it resolved to do on the same day.