Israel sees Jerusalem -- both east and west -- as its undivided eternal capital, citing spiritual and historic claims dating back to the Bible. After the Jews were largely expelled, the city remained under Muslim Arab rule for 1,300 years, until the end of World War II and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. Palestinians were expelled or fled neighborhoods in West Jerusalem during Israel's 1948 war of independence, when Jewish communities were also displaced from the Old City and East Jerusalem
. Following the 1967 war, Israel captured East Jerusalem
from Jordan and annexed the area, a move considered illegal by the United Nations. East Jerusalem
it is still largely Arab, and Palestinians hope to see it as the capital of a future Palestinian state.