Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as
President Trump proclaimed that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in an address at the White House on Wednesday and will make plans to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv.
Jerusalem has long been the capital of the Jewish state, with roots going back far before Jesus or Muhammad. Jerusalem has been the subject of conflict, especially in the past century, with the Palestinians claiming the city.
Although a bill was passed by President Clinton in 1995 recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, all presidents were given the ability to postpone moving the embassy for six month periods, and all have for the past 22 years. Many referred to this as a ‘pressure-release’ valve: allowing the U.S. to support Israel, without having to “inflame the passions” of the other side.
We are called to stand with Israel. Hear this statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: