Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel
Jerusalem, Capital of Israel
1. Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of
Seat of the President, the Knesset, the Government
and the Supreme Court
2. Jerusalem is the seat of the President of the
State, the Knesset, the Government and the Supreme
Protection of Holy Places
3. The Holy Places shall be protected from
desecration and any other violation and from anything
likely to violate the freedom of access of the members
of the different religions to the places sacred to
them or their feelings towards those places.
Development of Jerusalem
4. (a) The Government shall provide for the
development and prosperity of Jerusalem and the
well-being of its inhabitants by allocating special
funds, including a special annual grant to the
Municipality of Jerusalem (Capital City Grant) with
the approval of the Finance Committee of the Knesset.
(b) Jerusalem shall be given special priority in
the activities of the authorities of the State so as
to further its development in economic and other
(c) The Government shall set up a special body or
special bodies for the implementation of this section.
Area of the jurisdiction of Jerusalem (Amendment no. 1)
5. The jurisdiction of Jerusalem includes, as pertaining to this basic law, among others,
all of the area that is described in the appendix of the proclamation expanding the borders of
municipal Jerusalem beginning the 20th of Sivan 5727 (June 28, 1967), as was given according to
the Cities' Ordinance.
Prohibition of the transfer of authority (Amendment no. 1)
6. No authority that is stipulated in the law of the State of Israel or of the Jerusalem Municipality
may be transfered either permanently or for an allotted period of time to a foreign body, whether political,
governmental or to any other similar type of foreign body.
Entrenchment (Amendment no. 1)
7. Clauses 5 and 6 shall not be modified except by a Basic Law passed by a majority of the
members of the Knesset.
President of the State
* Passed by the Knesset on the 17th Av, 5740 (30th
July, 1980) and published in Sefer Ha-Chukkim No. 980
of the 23rd Av, 5740 (5th August, 1980), p. 186; the
Bill and an Explanatory Note were published in
Hatza'ot Chok No. 1464 of 5740, p. 287.
Amendment no. 1 was passed by the Knesset on the 29th Heshvan 5761 (27th November 2000)
and published in Sefer Ha-Chukkim No. 5762, p. 28.
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