By Grelan Muse Sr.
Inside The Pew
President Donald Trump’s trip to Israel is a promise that goes beyond words. Trump, the only sitting U.S. president to visit to holy sites in Jerusalem, said the visit to the Western Wall was a “great honor,” one that could build “a deeper path to friendship with Israel.”
Trump’s visit to Israel was historic and welcoming. Billboards and signs proclaiming, “Trump Is A Friend of Zion” and “Trump Make Israel Great” have lined the streets of Jerusalem in a very public welcome to the president. The initiative, launched by Michael Evans, founder and chair of the Friends of Zion Heritage Center and a member of the Founding Trump Faith Board.
“Donald Trump won the election because of a historic evangelical voter turnout – the largest in American history. Evangelicals tend not to be monolithic except on two issues – the Supreme Court and Israel.
Evans, among others, point to Trump’s campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. By moving the embassy, Trump would signify that the United States recognizes Jerusalem at the capital of Israel.
“President Trump promised us he would recognize Jerusalem and move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. We wholeheartedly believe that this promise is non-negotiable and will happen while he is president.”
Don Horwitz, executive director of Christians Care International, told Inside The Pew the bond between the U.S. and Israel is based on the shared Judeo-Christian values of our two nations. He said both nations cherish personal liberty, religious freedom, and human dignity.
“When the President of the United States visits Israel, he sends the world a powerful message that this bond will never be broken and that our two nations will forever be united in friendship and mutual support.
Horwitz added that Trump’s visit also puts Israel and the Jewish people into the world’s focus, and reminds us that many thousands of Jews remain subject to virulent anti-Semitism and persecution.
“Christians have also become increasingly subject to persecution and religious violence – Jews and Christians must stand together in the face of this violence.
“As the Bible tells us, Israel is a light unto the nations. It is time for the world to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital.”
Trump’s next stop in this tour is a meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis on May 24.
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President Donald Trump prays before the Western Wall in Jerusalem. (AP)
A banner hangs on a building in Jerusalem. (Yossi Zamir)
Don Horwitz, executive director of Christians Care International (http://www.christianscare.org/)
Tonya Whitaker contributed to this story.
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