“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” said President Trump earlier this month. He continued, “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.” In doing so, President Trump will see to it that the United States Embassy is moved from its current location in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem. Previous administrations have avoided this move because they did not want to inflame the tensions between the Palestinians and Israelis. No other countries have their embassies in Jerusalem. But America leads. Somebody has to.
Trump’s words have reverberated across the world and have been met with mixed reactions.Evangelicals in the United States generally support the decision. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump’s announcement an “historic landmark.” Of course, Palestinian leaders are very critical of the decision as they also consider Jerusalem to be their capital and holy city.
77% of Israelis believe that President Trump is more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian. For comparison, only 4% thought President Obama was more pro-Israel. In response to Trump’s announcement, “God Bless Donald Trump” signs are popping up all over the city of Jerusalem.
H/T CBN News
More than 100 giant banners that read ‘God Bless Trump’ are on display throughout Jerusalem.
The banner campaign was designed by evangelical leader and author Mike Evans, a fervent supporter of President Trump. The banner reads “God Bless Trump From Jerusalem, DC (David’s Capital) to Washington, DC.”
Evans is founder of the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem which shows how Christian Zionists have helped the Jewish people throughout history.
The 40-foot banner first appeared on December 6 when Trump made his historic announcement that he was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would begin the process of moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, as mandated in the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act.
Since then, the banner has appeared on billboards, buses and even camels.
“We believe what he (Trump) did is going to bring the blessing of God on our own country America,” Evans told CBN News.
Evans and other evangelical leaders have hailed Trump as a modern day Cyrus, the Persian King in the Bible who helped the Jewish people return to Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile.
“No president in history has ever built such an alliance for the State of Israel and the Jewish people, and no president has courageously stood up for the State of Israel on the global stage as President Trump,” Evans told the Jerusalem Post.
“President Trump’s historic recognition of Jerusalem will secure his place in history as the first American president to take that step since the founding of the State of Israel in 1948,” Evans said.
It’s not the first time Evans has unfurled his banners in Jerusalem. Trump was greeted with similar banners in 47 locations throughout Jerusalem that said ‘Trump Make Israel Great’ when he visited in May of this year.
The current campaign is scheduled to continue until Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Israel in mid-January.
The decision made by President Trump has certainly drawn the attention of the international community. This week the UN voted overwhelmingly to condemn the decision, despite the fact that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley warned that the US would think twice about funding the UN if voted in this way. Haley certainly reminded the rest of the world that we are a sovereign nation and we do not answer to anyone. Trump himself weighed in saying “We’re watching those votes, let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the vote saying “Israel rejects the decision of the United Nations and, at the same time, we show gratitude to the high number of countries that abstained from this resolution. Israel thanks President Trump on his unequivocal position in favor of Jerusalem and thanks other countries that voted together with Israel, together with the truth.”
I love that President Trump isn’t simply out to make a bunch a friends in the rest of the world. He is more concerned with putting America first and doing the right thing. Israel is our ally and this decision is way overdue. The Palestinian/Israeli situation has been at a standstill. Finally we have a president that has the guts to make a move. Yes, God Bless Donald Trump!
Sources: Jpost.com; Washingtonpost.com, Reuters.com, CNN.com