President Trump’s announcement last week that the U.S. would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, received substantial support and opposition.
For the most part, Israel as well as the American people supported the president’s stance, but those in the Arab world showed their opposition by responding with violent attacks and actions.
This bold move by the president was no surprise, as one of Trump’s campaign promises was to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. The United States has discussed the option of relocating it Embassy to Jerusalem for quite some time, and it may finally happen with Trump in the White House.
Here are some things you should know about the relocation of the U.S. Embassy, and why most Christians agree with Jews on the matter.
Must Know Facts About the Relocation
The U.S. Embassy has been located in the city of Tel Aviv, Israel’s second largest city, since 1966.
Many Christians and Jews in America look at Jerusalem as Israel’s “eternal capital.” For Jewish people, Jerusalem has ancient ties and significance. In 1949, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declared, “There has always been and always will be one capital only — Jerusalem the eternal. Thus, it was 3,000 years ago — and thus it will be, we believe, until the end of time.”
Bringing Peace to the Region
Though this has been debated for over a quarter of a century by world leaders, the fact is that Trump’s recent announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has caused violence as well as rioting in the Arab community. It is believed that a stronger U.S. policy that includes verbiage for support for Israel could help stabilize tension in the region.
Since biblical times, Palestinians and Israelis have claimed Jerusalem and have had a history of strained relations concerning the true ties to the city for centuries. Those against the relocation think it would a very controversial move for President Trump, as it would bring added instability to the region and the city.
President Trump’s statement on Jerusalem indicates that he is serious about his support for Israel, and wants to move forward with the relocation as soon as possible.
As expected, other world leaders reacted just as strongly.
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, who had a lukewarm relationship with former President Obama, showed a new level of appreciation for the United States after the announcement.
Other world leaders, however, are not in favor. In fact, several leaders, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have all made President Trump aware of the detriment the relocation may cause.
Jerusalem has always been the original planned location for the U.S. Embassy in Israel. The United States began leasing a plot of land in Jerusalem in 1989, that was designated as being the future home of the U.S. Embassy in the city. Although the lease has a term of 99 years, the land has never been developed. In fact, Congress even passed a law that required the U.S. to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem, however, previous presidents indicated that the move would pose national security risks and refused.
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