Trump Officially Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, and Announces Embassy will Move to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Jerusalem, and announced plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…..This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.  It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”
~President Trump, December 6, 2017

The announcements are expected to bring joy and celebration among evangelical Christians, and threats of violence and intifada from Palestinians and most Muslim Arab countries.  It will be interesting to see what happens between the growing relationships Israel and the US have forged with conservative Muslim leaders in Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Stay tuned.  As more news and reaction take place, we will continue to look at world events through the lens of Scripture.  We are living in last days, so keep your eyes in God’s Word and prepare for the coming of our King!

You will find video of Trump’s announcements here.

Israeli Media Reports: Trump Decides against Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

Israeli media (example, example) is reporting that President Trump has notified Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US Embassy will stay put in Tel Aviv…at least for now.  (Interestingly, The Jerusalem Post is actually denying the report!)

Over the past three days, we have examined the controversy surrounding the move.  In “To Move or Not to Move,”  we considered:

Great debate continues to surround the decision.  In 1995, US Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, mandating the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Unfortunately, a last-minute addendum provided for the president’s waiver for 6-month periods of time if the nation’s national security is at risk.  Every president since then has signed waivers every 6 months, leaving the embassy in Tel Aviv.

Unless President Trump has a secret up his sleeve, he is likely to sign a waiver prior to the May 31 deadline to do so.  Given the revived efforts at peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, it is no big surprise that Trump would backpedal on his campaign promise to move the embassy.

However, the decision is not permanent.  Therefore, some are not only pressing for the embassy to be moved at some point, but are proving strategic plans in which to carry it out.  One major proponent of the move is the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, whose US branch presented a letter and a strategic plan to President Trump recently.  You can see both here:

Again, this is an issue that must be worked out very carefully, in coordination with our Israeli allies.  It is a matter of prayer, as this is a spiritual issue (not a political one).  I hope you will pray to that end.

To Move or Not to Move: Will the US Embassy Move to Jerusalem?

Throughout his presidential campaign, President Trump vowed to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  The campaign promise was well-received by conservatives, particularly those who support Israel.  But there is controversy, and if you are a supporter of Israel, it is important to understand it.  Thus, we’ll examine the current state of that campaign promise, then consider some other details over the next day or two.

President Trump is about to take his first official international trip as President of the United States, and Israel is on the itinerary.  Media reports indicate that President Trump will spend a day in Israel, sandwiched in between visits to Saudi Arabia and the Vatican.  Whether or not it is true, the media suggests the visits represent an effort to unite Muslims (Saudi Arabia), Jews (Israel), and Christians (the Vatican).

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VP Mike Pence, assures AIPAC of President Trump’s intentions to move the US Embassy

But let’s focus on the visit to Israel.  Talk of moving the embassy has quieted somewhat since the election, but some, including Vice President Mike Pence, indicate the President is “seriously considering” moving the embassy to Jerusalem.  Doing so would reverse 60 years of American foreign policy in which presidents (both Republican and Democrat) have waived the requirement of placing the American embassy in Jerusalem, citing it “a national security risk” that would incite the anger of Arab nations.  (The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 mandated the embassy move no later than May 31, 1999.)

The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as their capital, and have ambitions that parallel common Arab desire to wipe Israel off the earth.  Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, so the theory goes, would clearly underscore America’s commitment to Israel, and recognize Jerusalem as her capital.

Indeed, nations are well-advised to stand on the side of blessing Israel!  (Genesis 12:3)  Thus, taking this historic step could have very resounding importance.

It is believed that President Trump has sent representatives to scout out locations for the embassy, and a potential location has been identified.  So, will the President announce an embassy move while in Israel?  Many believe that may be the case, and we will soon find out!

But, what is the history behind the embassy controversy?  We’ll take a look at that tomorrow!  See you then!