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Jerusalem seen from the Mount of Olives | by twiga-swala
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Jerusalem seen from the Mount of Olives

Israel proclaimed Jerusalem as its capital in 1949, and since then all branches of the Israeli government—legislative, judicial, and executive—have resided there. At that time, Jerusalem was divided between Israel and Jordan and thus only West Jerusalem was considered Israel's capital. Immediately after the 1967 Six-Day War, however, Israel took control of East Jerusalem, making it a de facto part of the Israeli capital. Israel enshrined the status of the "complete and united" Jerusalem—west and east—as its capital, in the 1980 Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel. international community, however, does not recognize this status of Jerusalem. and all embassies to Israel are located outside of the city, mostly in Tel Aviv.

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Taken on January 7, 2007