Reports are out that President Trump will visit Israel in May, perhaps May 22-23. It is believed he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and tour important sites such as the Western Wall, Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and the city of Jerusalem.
Ironically (or not so ironically!), that visit is just ahead of Israel’s Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six-Day War. Speculation is that Trump could use this occasion to announce the movement of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as promised consistently throughout his presidential campaign.
There are mixed reports coming from Israeli media, though. The Jerusalem Post cites Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis:
“What better time could there be to announce the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem when you are over there celebrating with our Israeli friends this very important 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem?” DeSantis asked. “I think the announcement of that trip is a signal that it is more likely to happen than not, and will send a powerful signal to other countries around the world that America is back and will stand by our allies and will not let folks cow us into not doing the right thing.”
Meanwhile, the more liberal Haaretz’s headline reads: Israel Believes Trump Will Not Seek to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem for Now.
Trump is scheduled to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House on May 3, where Abbas is sure to express opposition to the move.
With all that is going on in the world, May could be a very interesting month. The US and allies are dealing with a very aggressive North Korean regime, Assad’s regime continues to possess and use chemical weapons in Syria, Iran and Hezbollah remain in cahoots in their quest to annihilate Israel, Russia’s President Putin looks and acts more and more like the czar described in Ezekiel 38, and of course ISIS and other terrorist groups wreak havoc in many places around the world. Meanwhile, NATO leaders are scheduled to meet in Brussels on May 25, and the G7 summit is scheduled in Italy May 26-27. Hang on to your hats as we blow through May!
But remember, believers: we know how it all ends. We win! Do not lose heart, but remain faithful to the calling God has set before you. As friends of Israel, let’s pray faithfully for her, and let’s ask the Lord to grant wisdom and courage to President Trump as he makes a decision regarding moving the embassy to Jerusalem.