When I met with Donald Trump in New York – along with many major evangelical leaders – he made a promise.
His promise: the U.S. Embassy in Israel would be moved to where it should have been from the beginning – to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.
Despite intense opposition and criticism, the right thing has happened.
Here are 10 things you need to know about the historic day … and about the explosive Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
- President Trump kept his promise … He did what 12 U.S. presidents over the past 70 years said they would do: move our embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.
President Trump is the first sitting U.S. president to:
- visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem
- officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s rightful, legal capital
- Two U.S. pastors participated in the Embassy opening event.
The pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas – Robert Jeffress – gave the invocation.
Pastor John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio gave the benediction at the end of the ceremony.
You can listen to Robert Jeffress’ prayer here:
You can hear John Hagee’s prayer here:
- The Jerusalem Embassy opening ceremony occurred on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel.
It was on May 14, 1948 that future Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion read the Israeli Declaration of Independence.
- The Israelis want to live with the Palestinians in peace and harmony within Israel … but the Palestinians want to drive the Israelis out of the land and into the Mediterranean Sea.
In 1948, Israel’s founders urged the Arabs living in Palestine to remain in the new Jewish state…
Instead, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia declared war of Israel … and 650,000 to 750,000 Arabs living in Israeli territory fled to Jordan and Syria.
In 1967, Arab states again attacked Israel with the intention of destroying the Jewish state.
Things didn’t quite go as planned for the Arabs…
In 6 days the Israeli army defeated the Arab aggressors completely.
Israel took control of the following territory:
- East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan
- The Sinai Peninsula from Egypt
- The Golan Heights from Syria
After the decisive victory, Israeli General Moshe Dayan issued a statement guaranteeing Muslims full freedom of worship on the Temple Mount …
He said, “We’ve not come to conquer the holy place of others but to live with others in harmony.”
- The Palestinians don’t want a Two-State Solution to their conflict with Israel.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continues to reject the idea of conducting peace talks with Israel…
Senior PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) official Ahmad Majdalani announced May 14th as a “Day of Rage” against the nation of Israel…
And Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar – speaking of the planned activities along the Gaza border with Israel – declared:
“We will take down the border and tear out their hearts from their bodies.”
These are the people the progressive politicians and media support and defend.
- Palestinian leaders use propaganda and lies to incite Palestinian youth to commit violence against Israelis.
The 3 parties most responsible for inciting Palestinian violence against Israelis are:
- The Islamic movement in Israel – a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate
- Hamas – the Muslim Brotherhood branch that rules Gaza
- Mahmoud Abbas – President of the Palestinian Authority
Two of the most prolific lies:
- The Israelis plan to destroy the al Aqsa mosque – Islam’s 3rd holiest site
- Israel intends to change the “religious status quo” on the Temple Mount
- Israel grants more religious freedom to Muslims than to Jews.
After Israel took control of east Jerusalem in the 1967 6-day war, General Moshe Dayan met with Muslim religious leaders and turned the Temple Mount over to the Waqf – a Jordanian-based authority.
Muslims are free to worship on the Temple Mount … Israeli Jews may not pray there.
- There is no moral equivalence between Israel and Palestinian groups.
The Palestinians use children as shields for their rocket launch sites.
They also send young men and women to blow themselves up in Jewish markets and on Jewish buses.
The Israelis don’t do such things…
Golda Meir – former Israeli Prime Minister – once said:
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
- Progressive politicians and the progressive U.S. media side with the Palestinians and against the Israelis.
They criticize Israel for building Jewish settlements in West Bank communities … calling their actions “a hindrance to the peace process.”
What peace process? There’s no peace process to be hindered – at least not currently.
The Palestinians don’t want peace … their goal is to uproot the Jewish state…
Israel’s answer to that threat is to plant their roots a little deeper…
To the Israelis, the notion that the Palestinians should be forcibly excluded from Israel’s pre-1967 borders is unthinkable…
On the other hand, the progressive media and politicians –and of course the Palestinians – would expect Jews to be expelled from any future Palestinian state.
Either they don’t see their hypocrisy … or they see it and don’t care.
- Palestinian and media hatred of Israel and President Trump escalated on Embassy opening day.
Instead of reporting on the embassy opening ceremony itself, the liberal media attacked the embassy move – focusing on Palestinian protests … and predicting that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process would be set back…
Some media talking heads even mused that the U.S. would lose it’s standing as the primary broker of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Don’t believe their biased reporting.
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